Berlin Must-sees: Nikolaiviertel (Nikolai Quarter)

4 10 2007

Nikolaiviertel is a small district in the historic center, part of Mitte, near Alexanderplatz. The district, which borders the Spree River, contained some of the oldest buildings in Berlin before it was destroyed in WW2. Its reconstruction began only on 1979, as a part of the preparations for the city’s 750th anniversary, and took 8 years.

Nikolaiviertel from above.

The Nikolaikirche in Nilolaiviertel is the oldest church in the city. It was originally built in 1402, but its two towers were only added in 1877. The church was destroyed in the war, and rebuilt in 1987. These days it houses a museum about the history of Berlin.

Nikolai Kirche.


Other attractions in Nikolaiviertel and surrounding

Ephraimpalais (Poststraße 16): this reconstructed Rococo palace was once the residential building of the rich Jewish banker and coin merchant Veitel Heine Ephraim, who was the financier of Friedrich the Great during the 7 years war. On 1935 the building was removed to make way for widening the road. It was dismantled and stored in numbered pieces, and rebuilt in 1983. It is now used by the city museum for changing art and cultural exhibitions about the Berlin history.

Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 10-18.
Admission: 3 euros (1.5 euros reduced), or 5 euros for special exhibitions.

Knoblauchhaus (Poststraße 23): A baroque house from the 1760s, considered the oldest surviving house in Nikolaiviertel. It belonged to the Knoblauch family (btw, Knoblauch is garlic in German), and its interior, furnished in traditional Biedermeier style, is intended to give you a peek into the lifestyle of the early 19th century upper middle class.

Opening Hours Tu, Th-Su 10a-6p, W noon-8p
Admission: free donations are welcome

Hemp Museum Berlin (Mühlendamm 5): visitors can get a complete picture of this old cultivated plant: from its growth and cultivation, the cultural aspects and its versatile use, and to its position under the law.

Closed Mondays. Th-Fr: 10:00 am – 8:00pm. Sat & Sun: 12:00am – 8:00pm
Entrance: 3 Euros, Children up to ten years free.

Statues around Nikolaiviertel

Bear Statue in Nikolaiviertel. St. George and the Dragon statue.

How to get to Nikolaiviertel:
Alexanderplatz station, S5, S7, S75, S9 andU2, U5, U8.
bus lines: 100, 148, 200, 248

This is the Official Site of Nikolaiviertel.


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