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Tower Schrotkugelturm  in Berlin
The tower Schrotkugelturm in Kaselkiez © visitBerlin, Foto: Arthur F. Selbach

Schrotkugel Tower

Landmark in Viktoriastadt

Behind the colourful houses in the Kaskelkiez neighbourhood, you can't miss the 40 metre high Schrotkugel Tower. It was built in 1908 and is supposed to be reminiscent of an Italian nobleman's tower. The building also had a practical side as it served for the pouring of lead bullets until the late 1930s. The lead plates were melted at the top of the tower. The lead droplets then fell freely and the laws of physics made them into perfectly rounded buckshot whose special accuracy was legendary among hunters. Today you can visit the tower on a guided tour. As the last of its kind in Berlin and Brandenburg, it is a listed building.

View on the Kaskelkiez

This Lichtenberg neighbourhood is the epitome of a Berlin neighbourhood: young mothers with prams walking past cafés lining broad avenues and visiting boutiques that have opened shops in lovingly restored old buildings: a goldsmith, a place specialising in washing down duvets, and a video library with the catchy name “Madeleine und der Seemann”, for example. The common backyard markets or the opening of the annual Advent calendar doors are just some of the events that take place in this charming neighbourhood. Learn more about Berlin's neighbourhoods with our app Going Local Berlin.