Zitadelle Berlin Reviews
The Oldest Non Religious Building In Berlin May 18, 2010
Had made a list of things to do,while we were in Berlin, and left this until last as it was the furthest away. We took the S75 S-Bahn out to Spandau, which is the end of the line and a 40 minute journey. From there we walked through the market area, which is really quite nice, and across a busy main road to get to the Zitadelle.
Enterance cost about €4 for me and half of that for my daughter. Open all year round from 10am - 5pm.
An fortress built on an island where two rivers meet it was built on the site of a previous fort, from 1559. Has seen it's fair share of battles and a lot of it has been restored over the years. Napoleon was the first to capture the Zitadelle in 1806 and during World War II it was still used as part of the city's defences. Even then the Soviet Army didn't fancy trying to take it and negotiated the surrender of the troops garrisoned there.
Built so that there are no blind spots for enemies to sneak up, it is a series of ramparts that look out to all the surrounding area, and you can walk around the top of them. Has a small museum in it, with a mixed collection from over the years of the Zitadelle, but I got pulled up for taking pictures in there.
They are however in the process of restoring a former provisions store room, and it was scheduled to be completed 2013, to house the statues and busts that used to line Berlin's Victory Avenue. These were lined up outside in a fenced off area when we were there.
Also now used a concert venue both indoor in the Gothic Hall and outside in the square. Wide range from classical to contemporary, and they also run special events throughout the year, so worth checking their website for what's on.
On top of the ramparts is the Juliusturm (tower) that you climb to the top via a set of wooden spiral stairs. Nice views around the are, and even from here you can still make out the Fernsehturm at Alexanderplatz :O
Somewhere different to go, and the chance to explore a bit outside the city centre, if you have a little extra time on your hands
Part of the Berlin May 2010 - 20 Years On travel blog
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