Architecture of Berlin
The Schloss Charlottenburg or Charlottenburg Castle was designed by Johann Arnold Nering as a summer retreat for Sophie Charlotte (Elector Friedrich III's wife) and is the largest palace in Berlin. Construction of the palace began in 1695 and was completed in 1699. It is an example of baroque architecture. Click here for more about Schloss Charlottenburg.
The Neuer Pavillion located on the Schloss Charlottenberg grounds,was built for Friedrich Wilhelm III and his second wife Princess Auguste von Liegnitz in 1825. The Neo-Classical pavilion was designed and built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
The Reichstag , the German Parliamentary building, was designed by Paul Wallot in a neo-renaissance design. The building was constructed between 1884-1894 after the founding of the German Empire in 1872. Click here for more about the Reichstag.
The Sony Tower
The Sony Tower is the tallest building in Potsdamer Platz and was designed by Helmut Jahn. The tower is unique in that it is curved on one side.The Potsdamer Platz is the financial and business district of Berlin.
The Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) is located on Museum Island in the Spree River. The Cathedral was designed by Julius Carl Raschdorff in Neo-Baroque style and was constructed between 1894 -1905. Click here for more information about the Churches of Berlin.
The Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral) is in the Gendarmenmarkt a 17th century market square. The Cathedral was designed by Martin Grunberg and built by Giovanni Simonetti in 1708. The Cathedral is an old German Protestant-Reformed church. The dome covered tower that was erected in 1785 is identical to the Franzosischer Dom (French Cathedral) that is at the other end of the square.
The Brandenburg Gate is a Triumphal Arch and stands on the former border between East & West Germany in the city of Berlin. The Neo-classical gate was designed by Carl Gatthard Langhans and was erected from 1788-1793 as a "Gate of Peace". Click here for more information about the Brandenburg Gate.
The Nikolaiviertel (St Nicholas Quarters) on the banks of the Spree River is where some of Berlin's oldest houses stood until they were destroyed in World War II. In 1979 a redevelopment program led to newly built replicas of the original historic buildings.
In 1988-89 an international competition was held for the designing of a Jewish museum in Berlin. The winner was a Polish born American architect, Daniel Libeskind, with an unusual zinc clad zig-zag design with slanting floors and slashes of windows. Libeskind design was said to be inspired by Schoenbergs unfinished opera "Moses and Aron".
Construction began in 1989 nearly 10 years after the competition.