This columned, templelike structure, designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in 1818, was originally a Prussian royal guardhouse and is now...
This copper-domed church (1773) was designed by Knobelsdorff, inspired by the Pantheon in Rome and named for the patron saint of...
Deutsches Historisches Museum
This engaging museum zeroes in on two millennia of German history in all its gore and glory; not in a nutshell but on two floors of a...
Channel your inner George Clooney when you belly up to the bar of this elegant, mood-lit thirst parlour at the Hotel de Rome. Top-label...
Lonely Planet review
On this treeless square, books by Brecht, Mann, Marx and other ‘subversives’ went up in flames during the first full-blown public book burning, staged by the Nazi German Student League in 1933. Michael Ullmann’s underground installation, Empty Library , beneath a glass pane at the square’s centre, poignantly commemorates the event.
Named for August Bebel, the cofounder of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), it was called Opernplatz (Opera Square) when first laid out in the mid-18th century as part of the Forum Fridericianum, a cultural centre envisioned by Frederick the Great. Money woes meant that only some of the buildings could be realised: the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (National Opera House, closed for restoration until 2014), the Alte Königliche Bibliothek (Old Royal Library), a palace for Fritz’ brother Heinrich (now the Humboldt Universität), and the copper-domed Sankt-Hedwigs-Kathedrale.