Is there anything to see?
More green areas than built-up areas. The architectural design ranges from soberly strident to organic and brightly coloured.
Social hotspot, famous memorials and Berlin’s second largest park. Plus a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an unexpectedly high density of listed buildings.
And: A museum-preserved architectural gem. Exclusive.
Discover the diversity.
Or, in answer to the initial question: Yes, of course!
|Distance:||Approx. 1,4 Km|
|Meeting point:||Goebelplatz, near the Bus stop|
(details at the end of this description)
Do you associate the district of Charlottenburg-North with a UNESCO world heritage site? No? Well, that will have changed after this tour.
In fact, we start right in the World Heritage Site. The “Infostation Siemensstadt” was renovated a few years ago and now looks almost as it did when it opened in 1930. This unusual shop design, as well as the three rows of the Bauhaus architect Fred Forbat that follow, represent the eastern end of the World Heritage Site. Other big names include Walter Gropius and Hans Scharoun. We will meet the latter again on our tour.
Tip: You will get to know the World Heritage Site itself intensively with the guided tour “Living in a World Heritage Site“.
The Goebelplatz and the large public park Jungfernheide. Both were built at about the same time as the “Siemensstadt large housing settlement“. Both have the status of garden monuments.
The Volkspark was intended for physical edification and is a remnant of Charlottenburg’s early development plans.
The Goebelplatz was called “Marktplatz” (market place) at that time. Around it, things were to look different. Today there are residential buildings here, built in the “Heimatstil” of the National Socialists.
The green strip between underground stations Halemweg and Popitzweg. A lane that was also part of Charlottenburg’s plans at the time. At that time it only existed on maps. It was first implemented by Albert Speer, later integrated into his plans by Hans Scharoun.
These are the three large green areas. The generally loosened up development is striking. Lots of light, a lot of air.
Starting with the settlement, which today is a world heritage site. Then with the apartments from around 1935.
Then, from about the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, the large-scale development as we discover it today.
Social housing. But differently:
Loosened up. Colourful, partly very colourful. The new “dearest child of the Germans”, the automobile, was integrated into the planning. The first “shopping malls” are also moving in.
Nevertheless: Taken back to that time, one is neither “annoyed” by the cars nor by shops. For the most part, the architectural achievement can still be appreciated today.
One name stands out: Hans Scharoun. He could not completely realize his beautiful idea of residential farmsteads. But he was satisfied. So satisfied that he himself, the builder of the Berlin Philharmonie, lived and worked here. Until his death.
Have you become curious ?
Of course I can only hint at the content of the tour here. The relatively short history of this district is exciting and surprising. And it is changing. The aforementioned green strip will be redesigned by 2021 and the area around the underground station Halemweg, including the school, will look completely different in a few years.
You’ll be surprised.
Tip: Due to lack of time, our tour cannot cover the extension of the development, the Paul Hertz settlement, unfortunately.
This is of course in preparation (either in modification of this tour or as a supplement). Especially the special memorials and the monastery will be known by some. If you feel like it, explore the area yourself. Feel free to contact me if you need tips.
Included at selected dates is “an exclusive visit at the highest level”: The museum-preserved studio of Hans Scharoun above the roofs of Charlottenburg-North. This is where the architect of the Berlin Philharmonie lived and worked until his death.
Newspaper & Radio
About the former studio of Hans Scharoun there are two full page german newspaper articles with me:
Also a radio feature was recorded with my
cooperation partners, the Scharoun Society and me as a guest
broadcasted for the german rbb kulturradio:
The opening hours for the “Day of the Open Monument” mentioned in the article will be changed from 2019.
Please inform yourself annually from May in the official program.
of the former studio of Hans Scharoun
Just like the previous owner, the current owner, Deutsche Wohnen SE, has clearly spoken out in favour of preserving this architectural gem. A few years ago, Deutsche Wohnen SE entrusted me with the key management.
Throughout the year a visit is normally reserved exclusively for trade visitors: After you have received a permit* from Deutsche Wohnen SE, I will take you upstairs.
Only on Berlin’s “Tag des offenen Denkmals” (open monument day) – every year on the second weekend in September – is it open to the public in the afternoon.
These dates are accordingly very busy and since 2019 must be regulated by means of pre-registration and limiting the number of visitors.
The tour described above is an authorized tour which allows you to visit the studio. Relaxed.
* In order to protect the studio and also the residents of the building against excessive visitor frequency, a permit is subject to certain conditions. Please feel free to ask me about this using the contact form for special topics.
The current tour & services brochure 2020.
The English brochure for 2021 is currently being prepared.
If you can read German you can already download that version on the German site
(click “DEUTSCH” on the top of the page)
15 MB, will download in the background.Download
|Meeting pointt:||Goebelplatz, near the Bus stop|
|Address:||Goebelplatz, 13627 Berlin|
|Public transport:||U7 “Halemweg” Station + 8 minutes of walking or|
Bus 123, “Goebelplatz” stop
|End of tour:||The Tour ends at the Underground station “Jakob-Kaiser-Platz”|
|CarSharing:||Rides with WeShare & ShareNow can be terminated at Siemensdamm. Best near the S-Bahn bridge, from there it is then about 8-10 minutes walk to the meeting point.|
|Studio:||Please note that the Scharoun studio is located in a normal residential building. Please take this into consideration. |
The elevator is tiny. Due to current distancing rules it is highly recommended to take the staircase.
|Important:||Participation in the guided tours is at your own risk.|
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