Hackesche Höfe in Berlin
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Hackesche Höfe in Berlin

Hackesche Höfe

Hackesche Höfe in Berlin-Mitte are one of the most famous sights of the metropolis: since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of the city, they have been a magnet for night owls, partiers, and tourists. The courtyards are located in Spandauer Vorstadt in the Mitte district of the largest historic courtyard area in Germany, which has been a listed building with its picturesque facades since 1977. In addition to clubs, restaurants, and bars, the courtyards also have shops and cultural facilities.

Cultural centre and nightlife

The eight interconnected Hackesche Höfe are northwest of Alexanderplatz. They were extensively renovated in 1993 for 80 million marks after being partially destroyed in the Second World War and continued to deteriorate during the GDR era. Today, with their numerous localities, they are a popular meeting place for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in Berlin's cultural life: with the redesign, the Hackesche Höfe have gradually developed into the cultural centre of the Spandau suburb - in addition to galleries and art studios, cinemas, theatres and a variety theatre await you here. You are sure to be impressed by the enchanting facades that make Hackesche Höfe a popular site for visitors to Berlin to take photos. When evening falls, the residential part of the courtyards are closed and the rest of the area remains open for night owls. Each of the Hackesche Höfe have their own character, so it is not surprising that they have become a cultural melting pot.

From the barn quarter to the sightseeing site

The history of the Hackesche Höfe goes back to the 17thcentury, a time when they were barns outside the city walls. The term "Scheunenviertel", as the area around the courtyards was called in the past, also dates from this era. Hackescher Markt was also built at that time under the leadership of the city commander Hans Christoph Friedrich Graf von Hacke, who built on the open spaces in the Scheunenviertel and became its namesake. In 1906, the Hackesche Höfe and Hackesche Markt were planned and implemented by architect Kurt Berndt as Germany's largest commercial yard and residential complex. While the first courtyards were used exclusively for cultural purposes, other commercial enterprises and rented apartments were established. The art theorist, designer and architect August Endell was responsible for the imposing Art Nouveau façade of the first courtyard, among other things.

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