House of World Cultures

John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Hugh Stubbins


Transit:  Bundestag (U55)

Access:  Hours of Operation


The curved roof is a striking resemblance to wings a design concept to represent the promise that there would be no restrictions on the freedom of intellectual work for the future of Berlin.

Nordic Embassies

(Nordische Botschaften)

Rauchstaße 1

Alfred Berger & Tina Parkkinen Architects,

Joachim Pysall, Peter Stahrenberg


Transit:  Zoologischer Garten (U2, U9)

Access:  Hours of Operation


This five national embassy, representing Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden are remarkably designed and can be accessed by the public.



Platz der Republik 1

Norman Foster & Partners


Transit:  Bundestag (U55)

Access:  Hours of Operation


There is an architecture tour available and this is a building not to be missed, the dome is impressive.

Fire and Police Station


Elisabeth-Abegg-Straße 2

Sauerbruch Hutton Architects


Transit:  Bundestag (U55)

Access:  No Access


An extension of an existing 19th century building, the glass singles transition from red to greens, the colours of Germany’s fire brigades and police.

Concilliation Chapel

(Kapelle der Versöhnung)

Bernaur Staße 4

Rudolf Reitermann, Peter Sassenroth, Martin Rauch


Transit:  Bernauer Strasse (U8)

Access:  Hours of Operation


The exterior wooden columns contains within it an inner oval made of pressed materials from the previous church which survived the war but was destroyed in 1985 by the Berlin Democratic Republic to restore order.

Dutch Embassy

(Niederlandische Botschaft)

Klosterstraße 50

Rem Koolhaas - Office for Metropolitian Architecture (OMA)


Transit:  Klosterstraße (U2)

Access:  No access



Designed as a series of trajectories, the corridors spiral through the building directing your attention to monuments in the city skyline.  Moving through the interior is like a tour of Berlin.

Berlin Wall Documentation Center

Bernauer Strasse 111

architects Hapke/Zerr/Nieländer


Transit:  Bernauer Strasse (U8)

Access:  Free, Hours of Operation


The observation tower allows visitors to look out over a part of the Berlin wall and the visitor’s centre includes a digital archive with original documents, audio stations and other historical exhibits.


Potsdamer Strasse 33

Hans Sharoun and Edgar Wisniewski


Access:  Hours of Operation

Transit:  Potsdamer Platz (U2, S1, S2, S25)


A wonderful layering of space, lots of natural light and open study spaces makes working in this library pleasant and uplifting.  The interesting spatial relationships make this a great library case study.




German Historical Museum

Unter den Linden 2

I.M. Pei


Transit:  Friedrichstraße (U6)

Access:  Hours of Operation


The spiral staircase dominates the façade of this museums expansion which took four years to complete.

Memorial to Murdered Jews of Europe

Cora-Berliner-Straße 1

Peter Eisenman


Transit:  Brandenburger Tor

          (S1, S2, S25, U55)

Access:  Hours of Operation


Made of 2711 concrete slabs arranged in a grid over a sloping site creates a feeling of uneasiness and confusion.  Tours available.

Unité d'Habitation Berlin


Flatowallee 16

Le Corbusier


Transit:  Olympiastadion (S9, S75)

Access:  Hours of Operation



The concept formed the basis of several housing developments designed by him throughout Europe with this name.

New National Gallery

(Neue Nationalgalerie)

Potsdamer Straße 50

Mies van der Rohe



Transit:  Potsdamer Platz (U2, S1, S2, S25)

Access:  Hours of Operation


An impressive large steel roof floats on glass walls is the dominant architectural feature however the majority of the museum and its exciting collection is contained within the lower level.


Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1

Hans Sharoun




Transit:  Potsdamer Platz (U2, S1, S2, S25)


The asymmetrical and tent like, with the main concert hall in the shape of a pentagon with seats surrounding it on all sides. The Philharmonie is highly regarded for the quality of its acoustics.

Tempodrom & Liquidrom

Möckernstraße 10

Doris Coopers and Stephan Schütz


Transit:   Anhalter Bahnhof (S1, S2, S25)

Access:  No Access


The tent-like roof is made of concrete can be appreciated from the exterior.  While you are there take advantage at a day at the spa take a look at the Liquidrom.

Sony Center


Potsdamer Straße 4

Helmut Jahn


Transit:  Potsdamer Platz (U2, S1, S2, S25)

Access:  Open


Sony Center contains a mix of shops, restaurants, a conference centre, hotel rooms and condominiums, offices, art and film museums, an IMAX theater and cinemas, a small version of Legoland and of course the "Sony Style" store.

DZ Bank


Pariser Platz 3

Frank Gehry


Transit:  Brandenburger Tor (S1, S2, S25, U55)

Access:  No access



You can try and get into the lobby to take a look at the impressive interior, I definitely recommend looking at this building’s façade on Behrenstabe as well.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Gedachtniskirche)


Egon Eiermann


Transit:  Kurfürstendamm (U1, U9)

Access:  Hours of Operation


The octagonal shape is inspired by the spire of the old church.  The walls are made of concrete and glass mosaics creating a coloured light on the interior which should not be missed. Tours are available.

St. Canisius Church

Witzlebenstraße 30

Büttner, Neumann & Braun


Transit:  Sophie-Charlotte-Platz (U2)

Access:  Hours


A surprising and unusual architectural form for a church – the interior must be seen, it is pure and clean, this is a very well detailed and beautiful, don’t miss the small prayer room.

St. Thomas von Aquin

(Katholische Akademie)

Hannoversche Staße 5

Thomas Höger, Sarah Hare, Helmut Rhode, Friedel Kellermann, Han-Günter Wawrowsky


Transit:  Oranienburger Tor (U6)

Access:  No Access


The natural light seeping in through the roof coats the walls and surfaces and the materials and lights were carefully chosen to highlight it.

AEG Turbine Factory

Huttenstraße 12

Peter Behrens


Transit:  Beusselstraße (S41, S42)

Access:  No access


Constructed of steel, concrete and slopped glass, this building it was an expression of the modern movement and modern materials of its time.

Bauhaus Archiv-Museum

Klingelhoferstr. 14

Walter Gropius


Transit:  Nollendorfplatz (U4)

Access:  Hours of Operation


Devoted to the research and presentation of the history and influence of the Bauhaus Collection: architecture, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, photography, and more.

Galeries Lafayette

Friedrichstaße 76-78

AJN, Architectures Jean Nouvel


Transit:  Französische Straße (U6)

Access:  free, Hours of Operation


A large cone rises several stories upwards from street level and a smaller inverted cone drops from street down two levels is a contemporary interpretation of the atrium.

Jewish Museum


Lindenstaße 9-14

Daniel Libeskind, GSE Saar, Enseleit & Partner, Ingenieursguppe Wien


Transit:  Hallesches Tor (U1, U6)

Access:  Hours of Operation


The architecture expresses the harsh and overwhelming content it contains.  While you are here take a look at the new Glass Courtyard

GSW – Hauptverwaltung


Kochstaße 22

Matthias Sauerbruch, Louisa Hutton Architekten


Transit:  Kochstaße (U6)

Access:  No access




The colourful façade is a product of the blinds which controls the solar gains and thereby reducing the use of artificial heating and cooling.






Treptow Krematorium

Kiefholzstraße 221

Axel Schultes, Charlotte Frank, Christoph Witt


Transit:  Baumschulenweg (S8, S9, S45, S46, S47, S85)

Access:  Free, Hours of Operation


The most remarkable architectural feature is the number of columns which poetically appear as though they extend up through the roof to the sky and heaven.


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