sights / Religious

Sophienkirche information

Berlin , Germany
Street Grosse Hamburger Strasse 31
+49 30 308 7920
Getting there
underground rail Weinmeisterstrasse
More information
admission free
Opening hours
3-6pm Wed, 3-5pm Sat May-Sep
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Lonely Planet review

One of Berlin’s finest baroque churches, Sophienkirche was named for Sophie Louise, wife of King Friedrich I. The queen financed the project but was nowhere to be seen when it opened in 1713, though not by choice: her stepson and newly crowned king, Friedrich Wilhelm I, had banished her from Berlin! Today the galleried confection with its delicate stucco ceiling is rarely open and the tower is under long-term reconstruction. The entrance is at the end of a walkway off Grosse Hamburger Strasse, past a building still sporting WWII shrapnel wounds. The enchanting churchyard with its ancient trees and gracefully aging tombstones is also visible from Sophienstrasse.