Komische Oper Berlin

April 18th, 2018 | Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, General, Opera Houses, Theaters, Libraries |

© Gryffindor

© Gryffindor

The Komische Oper Berlin is a opera company based in Berlin. The company produces opera, operetta and musicals. The opera house is located on Behrenstraße, just a few steps from Unter den Linden. Since 2004, the Komische Oper Berlin, along with the Berlin State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Berlin State Ballet, and the Bühnenservice Berlin (Stage and Costume Design), has been a member of the Berlin Opera Foundation.   read more…

Leipziger Platz in Berlin

March 12th, 2018 | Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, General |

Leipziger Platz © Chiara Mazzocchi/cc-by-sa-4.0

Leipziger Platz © Chiara Mazzocchi/cc-by-sa-4.0

Leipziger Platz is an octagonal square in BerlinMitte. It is located along Leipziger Straße just east of and adjacent to the Potsdamer Platz. Leipziger Platz was reduced to ruins during the Second World War and was once part of the no man’s land surrounding the Berlin Wall, but has since been reconstructed in its original configuration, albeit with modern architecture.   read more…

Spy Museum in Berlin

February 16th, 2018 | Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, General, Museums, Exhibitions |

Enigma machine © Scontrofrontale/cc-by-sa-4.0

Enigma machine © Scontrofrontale/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Spy Museum Berlin is a private Museum in Berlin which was opened to the public on 19 September 2015. It is located at Leipziger Platz, directly at Berlin Potsdamer Platz station. The Museum shows in an interactive and multimedia exhibition the history of espionage and secret services worldwide. Special emphasis is dedicated to espionage activities in Berlin during the Cold War. In the exit area there are a shop, a café and a cinema.   read more…

Berlin Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum

January 17th, 2018 | Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, General, Museums, Exhibitions, Sustainability, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks |

Italian Gardens and Tropical House © Axel Mauruszat

Italian Gardens and Tropical House © Axel Mauruszat

The Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum (German: Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem) is a botanical garden in Berlin, with an area of 43 hectares and around 22,000 different plant species. It was constructed between 1897 and 1910, under the guidance of architect Adolf Engler, in order to present exotic plants returned from German colonies. The garden is located in the Lichterfelde locality of the borough of Steglitz-Zehlendorf. When it was founded, a part of it was located in Dahlem, a fact that is still reflected in its name. This part of Dahlem became part of Lichterfelde in 1938. Today, the garden is part of the Free University of Berlin. The Botanical Museum (Botanisches Museum), with a large herbarium (Herbarium Berolinense) and a large scientific library, is attached to the garden.   read more…

Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin

November 17th, 2017 | Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks |

© Thomas Wolf - www.foto-tw.de/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

© Thomas Wolf – www.foto-tw.de/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

Charlottenburg Palace is the largest palace in Berlin. It is in the Charlottenburg district of the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf borough. The palace was built at the end of the 17th century and was greatly expanded during the 18th century. It includes much lavish internal decoration in baroque and rococo styles. A large formal garden surrounded by woodland was added behind the palace, including a belvedere, a mausoleum, a theatre and a pavilion. During the Second World War, the palace was badly damaged but has since been reconstructed. The palace with its gardens are a major tourist attraction. The original palace was commissioned by Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Friedrich III, Elector of Brandenburg in what was then the village of Lietzow. Named Lietzenburg, the palace was designed by Johann Arnold Nering in baroque style. It consisted of one wing and was built in 2 1⁄2 storeys with a central cupola. The façade was decorated with Corinthian pilasters. On the top was a cornice on which were statues. At the rear in the centre of the palace were two oval halls, the upper one being a ceremonial hall and the lower giving access to the gardens. Nering died during the construction of the palace and the work was completed by Martin Grünberg and Andreas Schlüter. The inauguration of the palace was celebrated on 11 July 1699, Frederick’s 42nd birthday.   read more…

Academy of Arts in Berlin

May 5th, 2017 | Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, General, Museums, Exhibitions, Universities, Colleges, Academies |

© De-okin/cc-by-sa-3.0

© De-okin/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Academy of Arts (German: Akademie der Künste) is a state arts institution in Berlin. The task of the Academy is to promote art, as well as to advise and support the states of Germany. The Academy’s predecessor organization was founded in 1696 by Elector Frederick III of Brandenburg as the Prussian Academy of Arts, an academic institution in which members could meet and discuss and share ideas. The current Academy was founded on 1 October 1993 as the re-unification of formerly separate East and West German academies. These two were merged on 1 October 1993 into the present-day academy, which took its seat in a new building at the former location on Pariser Platz.   read more…

Grunewald in Berlin

November 30th, 2016 | Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, General |

Villa Konschewski am Hundekehlesee by Oskar Kaufmann © Lienhard Schulz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Villa Konschewski am Hundekehlesee by Oskar Kaufmann © Lienhard Schulz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Grunewald is a locality within the Berliner borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. Famous for the homonymous forest, until 2001 administrative reform it was part of the former district of Wilmersdorf. The locality is situated in the western side of the city and is separated from Spandau by the river Havel. The Grunewald forest is 10 km away from Berlin. The name derives from the Grunewald hunting lodge of 1543, the oldest preserved castle in Berlin, which is, however, officially located on the grounds of the adjacent Dahlem locality. It was erected in an Early Renaissance style by order of Elector Joachim II Hector of Brandenburg and named Zum Gruenen Wald. A corduroy road leading from the Berlin Stadtschloss to the lodge was laid out, which later would be known as the Kurfürstendamm boulevard. Today, Grunewald is one of the most prestigious and expensive residential areas in Berlin.   read more…

Humboldt University of Berlin

November 2nd, 2016 | Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, General, Universities, Colleges, Academies |

© Christian Wolf - www.c-w-design.de/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

© Christian Wolf – www.c-w-design.de/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

The Humboldt University of Berlin (German: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, HU Berlin) is one of Berlin‘s oldest universities, founded on 15 October 1811 as the University of Berlin (Universität zu Berlin) by the liberal Prussian educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt. The Humboldt university model has strongly influenced other European and Western universities. From 1828 it was known as the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, and later (unofficially) also as the Universität unter den Linden after its location in the former palace of Prince Henry of Prussia (1726–1802) which his brother, King Frederick II, had built for him between 1748 and 1753 on the avenue Unter den Linden.   read more…

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