Berlin History Island

  • Zitadelle Torhaus mit Juliusturm

Discover and experience 900 years of history in stone at the Citadel Berlin: Starting from the archaeological relics from the Slavic period and a medieval castle, to the buildings of the military gas protection laboratories, which were built on the site from 1936.

The focus is on the fortress built in the second half of the 16th century by Italian architects that was  long considered impregnable with its bastions, curtain walls, casemates, and cavaliers and is now one of the best-preserved Renaissance fortresses of Europe.

Today the Citadel Berlin is exclusively used for cultural purposes. Regularly changing art exhibitions, concerts in the Gothic hall, and a youth art school offer a varied programme all year round. In the summer months, internationally known artists also perform at the "Citadel Music Festival".

Especially popular with families with children are the exciting bat tours and excursions in the bat cellar, where they can experience animals from different parts of the world live.

The permanent exhibition "Unveiled. Berlin and its monuments "- one out of a total of five at the Citadel historical museums - invites you to take a walk through the history of the Berlin memorial landscape. A highlight is the head of the former Lenin monument, which stood at the present site of the United Nations until 1992.

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