Thanks to its curvaceous facade, this handsome baroque building is nicknamed Kommode (chest of drawers). Built under Frederick the...
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Berlin’s opulent state opera was commissioned as the royal opera house by Frederick the Great and designed by his friend and master...
Reiterdenkmal Friedrich der Grosse
Seemingly surveying his domain, Frederick the Great cuts a commanding figure on horseback in this famous 1850 monument that kept...
While this historic opera house is under renovation until at least 2017, performances are held at the Schiller Theater in Charlottenburg.
Bebelplatz · interesting places nearby
In 1933 the Nazi German Student League organised the first full-blown public book burning in Germany. Works by Brecht, Mann, Marx and others deemed ‘subversive’ went up in flames on this treeless square. Named for August Bebel, the co-founder of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD), it was originally laid out in the 18th century under King Frederick the Great.
Originally called Opernplatz (Opera Square), it was intended to be the hub of the Forum Fridericianium, a cultural centre envisioned by the king. Money woes meant that only some of the buildings could be realised: the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (State Opera House), the Alte Königliche Bibliothek (Old Royal Library), a palace for the king’s brother Heinrich (now the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) and the copper-domed St-Hedwigs-Kathedrale.