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Barn Quarter Walking Tour (Self Guided), Berlin

Scheuenviertel or "the Barn Quarter" was named so after the barns built here in the 17th century to store hay. Once the center of the Eastern Jewish community, nowadays Scheuenviertel is a trendy entertainment, art, and shopping zone.
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Guide Name: Barn Quarter Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Berlin (See other walking tours in Berlin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: clare
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Allee Schönhauser Straße
  • Neue Schönhauser Strasse
  • Die Hackeschen Höfe
  • Sophienkirche
  • Kunst-Werke
  • Bonbonmacherei
  • Neue Synagoge
  • Monbijoupark
Allee Schönhauser Straße

1) Allee Schönhauser Straße

Allee Schönhauser Straße is the main shopping lane in the Prenzlauer Berg district. This former major transport route once linked Berlin and the Palace Shonhauzen, hence the name Allee Schönhauser (German: Schönhauser Alley). Nowadays, this lively road is lined with small, independent boutiques that sell Berlin-designed clothing and accessories, as well as art books and things for home.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Neue Schönhauser Strasse

2) Neue Schönhauser Strasse

Neue Schönhauser Strasse is the place where stores are a bit more high-end than in any other part of the city. One of the main boutiques here is the atelier of Claudia Skoda, the icon of the 1970's. Neue Schönhauser Street also has some shopping opportunities for bizarre design-freaks.
Die Hackeschen Höfe

3) Die Hackeschen Höfe (must see)

Die Hackeschen Höfe is a complex of eight interlinked courtyards. It has shops, residential apartments and offices and is one of the most visited locations in Berlin.

Die Hackeschen Höfe was built by a glass manufacturer named Hans Quiltz in 1901. It was primarily a Jewish locality until the Nazi regime. It had many upscale shops and residences at the time including a cabaret, Jewish girls’ club, a ballroom, a poet’s society and factories. It is regarded as one of the finest examples of Jugendstil architecture in Germany. After World War II, the venue suffered neglect. After the unification of Germany, Hackesche Höfe was restored painstakingly and has once again become one of Berlin’s most popular meeting places.

The first Hof or courtyard of Hackeschen Höfe is also called Endellscher Hof after its designer, the Jugendstil artist and architect, August Endell. It is the most beautiful among the courtyards with buildings decorated with ceramic tile mosaics in Art Nouveau style. Today, it has a cinema, a variety theater called the Chameleon Theater, many restaurants and bars. The second courtyard has the Hackesche Theater which is dedicated to Yiddish culture. The other courtyards are quiet residential neighborhoods with small quaint shops and galleries.

Why You Should Visit:
One of Berlin's most popular places to spend a good time by wandering between small galleries, unique/quirky Berliner shops and nice restaurants while enjoying the flair of Berlin courtyards.
Sight description based on wikipedia

4) Sophienkirche

The Sophienkirche is an Evangelical Church in Berlin which is only open during services. It is a landmark building in the city and also one of its few well preserved churches.

The baroque styled Sophienkirche was built in 1712 under the patronage of Queen Sophie Louise the Queen of King Frederick I of Prussia. It is one of the finest examples of Baroque style architecture in Germany. It has the architectural style of protestant churches of the early 19th century. The 69 meter tower was added twenty years later in 1734. It is one of the last Baroque towers that remain in Berlin after the ravages of war. It has a green and gold copper roof. The summit of the roof has an onion shaped ball that supports an obelisk that is topped by a gilded sphere and cross.

Sophienkirche is beautiful inside and outside. The interior is covered by an intricately decorated ceiling surrounded by galleries. Famous people buried in the church are historian, Leopold Ranke who is regarded as the founder of modern history and musician Karl Freidrich Zelter. The building survived the Berlin bombings during World War II with little damage except for the destruction of the stained glass windows. Today, it is well known for its choral groups and religious music events.
Sight description based on wikipedia

5) Kunst-Werke

The Kunst-Werke (KW) is one of Berlin's most notable contemporary art venues. Unlike many other museums, the KW has no permanent exhibition. Founded in the early 1990s, it is missioned to support innovation, collaborations, and curatorial creativity. The institution is housed in a former margarine factory in Mitte, comprising five floors of transformable space and a spacious courtyard for outdoor presentations. On site there is also an impressive glass cafe, Cafe Bravo, created by artist Dan Graham. After a number of years devoted to renovation, the KW reopened its new self in the autumn of 1999. Alongside the impressive gallery space, courtyard, and the cafe, the venue is home to six art studios providing residencies and other opportunities for artists.

Operation hours: Monday - Wednesday: 11 am - 7 pm; Thursday: 11 am - 9 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia

6) Bonbonmacherei

Bonbonmacherei is a small shop on Oranienburger Street in Berlin, which sells handmade sweets found nowhere else but here. Part of the treat is the unique opportunity to watch candies being painstakingly prepared before your very eyes. The air of Berliner Bonbonmacherei is thick with peppermint, strawberry and other delicious aromas. Made with vintage equipment in a strict accordance with historic recipes, its signature sweets include humbugs, sour drops, and green leaf-shaped Waldmeisterblätter (woodruff leaves), the long-time local favourite.

Operation hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 12 pm - 7 pm.
Neue Synagoge

7) Neue Synagoge (must see)

The Neue Synagoge ("New Synagogue") was built 1859–1866 as the main synagogue of the Berlin Jewish community, on Oranienburger Straße. Because of its splendid eastern Moorish style and resemblance to the Alhambra, it is an important architectural monument of the second half of the 19th century in Berlin. The building was designed by Eduard Knoblauch. The front of the building, facing Oranienburger Straße, is richly ornamented with shaped bricks and terracotta, accented by coloured glazed bricks. The synagogue's main dome with its gilded ribs is an eye-catching sight. During the November Pogrom (9 November 1938), colloquially euphemised as Kristallnacht, the Neue Synagoge was set ablaze. The Neue Synagoge, like the synagogue in Rykestr., remained intact and continued to be used as a synagogue until 1940 when the Wehrmacht seized both synagogues and used them for storage. The Neue Synagoge is now in use again; it now serves as the community's sole Conservative Synagogue.

Taking pics from the outside and moving on is the best advice unless you have interest in a specific exhibition.
Sight description based on wikipedia

8) Monbijoupark

Monbijou Park is a large green space covering over 3 hectares in the busy commercial area of Mitte in Berlin. It was once the garden of the Royal Palace where the soldier king of Prussia, Frederick William I and his wife, Sophia Dorothea resided.

Monbijou Park was laid as the garden of Monbijou Palace on the banks of the River Spree. Queen Sophia Dorothea named the park and palace Monbijou which means ‘my jewel’ in French. The castle was almost completely destroyed during the Berlin bombings. It was demolished in 1959. The garden survived the war and remained a popular green getaway in the heart of the bustling city. The layout has an English country garden style with tree lined paths, benches and green lawns. It has a sandy beach along the river and a foot bridge to take visitors across to Museum Island. A bust of the poet and botanist, Adelbert von Chamisso is located in the garden.

Monbijou Park today, has an open swimming pool where local children learn to swim. An array of open air concerts and festivals take place here every summer. There is a small snack bar on the beach where visitors can relax and watch the boats go by on the River Spree.

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