Haus Schwarzenberg


Haus Schwarzenberg is the last holdout in the heavily gentrified area around the Hackescher Markt. Run by a nonprofit organisation, it's an unpretentious space where art and creativity are allowed to flourish beyond the mainstream and commerce. Festooned with street art and bizarre metal sculptures, the courtyards lead to studios, offices, the underground 'amusement park' Monsterkabinett, the edgy-arty Eschschloraque Rümschrümp bar, an art-house cinema – outdoors in summer – and a couple of small museums dealing with Jewish persecution during the Third Reich.

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1. Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt

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Standing up to the Nazi terror took unimaginable courage, but one man who did so was Otto Weidt. The broom and brush maker saved many of his deaf and…

2. Anne Frank Zentrum

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This youth-geared exhibit uses artefacts and photographs to tell the extraordinary story of a girl who needs no introduction. Millions of people around…

3. Hackesche Höfe

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The Hackesche Höfe is the largest and most famous of the courtyard ensembles peppered throughout the Scheunenviertel. Built in 1907, the eight interlinked…

4. Monsterkabinett

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If you want to meet 'Püppi' the techno-loving go-go dancer or 'Orangina' the twirling six-legged doll, you need to descend a steep spiral staircase for a…

5. Friedhof Grosse Hamburger Strasse

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What looks like a small park was in fact Berlin’s first Jewish cemetery, destroyed by the Nazis in 1943. Some 2700 people were buried here between 1672…

6. Sammlung Hoffmann

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Blink and you’ll miss the doorway leading to the Sophie-Gips-Höfe, a trio of courtyards linking Sophienstrasse and Gipsstrasse. The former sewing-machine…

7. Berlin Dungeon


This is a 70-minute tour through a camped-up chamber of horrors that's brought to life by actors in nine shows with such spine-tingling names as 'Elevator…

8. Block der Frauen

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A reddish sandstone memorial in a small park on Rosenstrasse called Block der Frauen by Jewish-German artist Inge Hunzinger (1915–2009) pays tribute to…