Although plans are afoot to radically redesign Alexanderplatz , the square is still dominated by socialist buildings whose ... More
Haus des Lehrers
Although plans are afoot to radically redesign Alexanderplatz , the square is still dominated by socialist buildings whose architectural beauty still attracts attention. One of these, Haus des Lehrers, is marked by an impressive 125 metre long mural which wraps its way around the building. Painted by Walter Womancka, this colorful depiction of "the perfect socialist life" is a classic example of the kind of art once promoted by East German authorities for propaganda purposes. Erected in 1964, the building represented a break with the monumental architecture of the Stalin era and a move towards a more cosmopolitan and transparent style. Originally built as a congress center for teachers, the building is now used for exhibitions and cultural events.
Potsdamer Platz is apparently the biggest construction site in Europe. One of the smallest building sites has now been opened
on the lawn in front of the Schinkel Museum near Berliner Dom . A red brick tower, part of ...
Until about 100 years ago, Kleistpark was the location of Berlin's botanical gardens. However, when the suburb of Schöneberg became
part of the city itself, the gardens were moved further out to the district of Dahlem. The remaining area ...
There are very few medieval buildings left in Berlin, and this fortress, the Zitadelle Spandau (Spandau Citadel), is one of
the rare survivors. Designed in 1562 by Italian architect Francesco Chiaramella de Gandino in the style of a French ...