5 Great Things To Do Around The Hackescher Markt In Berlin

Eliza Marin

Hackescher Markt is a real highlight of city life in the Mitte neighborhood of Berlin, with art galleries and an Old Town side that are worth seeing. What’s more, the spot continues to be a popular place for local art and graffiti, and remains a landmark for impressive architecture.

Hackescher Markt

1. Hackescher Hof

Hackescher Hof

Emerging from the Rosenthalerstrasse with its glazed brick and art nouveau architectural style, Hackescher Hof showcases some of the city’s most grandiose building styles across its eight inner grids. Built by Kurt Berndt and August Endell around 1907, this first-of-its-kind construction was intended as a matrix that connected every aspect of daily life. Today the Hackesche Hof continues to function in exactly the same way – it is used as a place for meeting, shopping and enjoyment, all under the same roof.

Hackescher Hof, Rosenthaler Straße 40-41, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2835293

Berlin-Mitte, near the Hackesche backyardsBerlin-Mitte, near the Hackesche backyards | © Dguendel/WikiCommons

2. Courtyard of Haus Schwarzenberg

Courtyard of Haus Schwarzenberg

The Courtyard of Haus Schwarzenberg was an art hub before the 1990s, exhibiting graffiti and nurturing the language of freedom in the years of the DDR. After the fall of the wall, the courtyard developed into what it is today: a space for galleries, book shops, offices and indie bars, continuing its role as a space where boho types gathered to paint and level their creative critiques against the social, political and moral tendencies of the time. Definitely worth a visit!

Haus Schwarzenberg, Rosenthaler Str. 39, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 30872573

Neu Synagogue Neu Synagogue | © Andreas Praefcke/ WikiCommons

3. Neue Synagogue

Building, Synagogue

Neue Synagogue

The Neue Synagogue located in Oranienburgstrasse was commissioned by the architects Eduard Knoblauch and Friedrich August in the last half of the 19th century and represented the earliest example of a double cupola façade and triple entrance. After its destruction in 1958, however, Berliners lived with just a memory of the famous frontispiece. Until, in the late 1980s, the main cupola was reconstructed with the moniker New Synagogue, and the building became a focal point for exhibitions and religious gatherings once more.

Neue Synagogue, Oranienburger Str. 28-30, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 88028300

Anne Frank Zentrum Berlin Anne Frank Zentrum Berlin | © Heather Cowper/Flikr

4. Anne Frank Zentrum

Anne Frank Zentrum

Anne Frank Zentrum holds a small exhibition dedicated to chronicling the history of arguably the most famous teenage writer ever, Annelies Marie Frank, who astonished the world with her courage in the face of European Nazism, and left a totemic testimony to humanity, questioning both individual and collective, as well as social, political and ethical values. The interactive exhibition near Berlin’s Hackescher Markt portrays the horrifying historical events that initiated the writing of Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl, one of the most-read books on the Holocaust.

Anne Frank Zentrum, Rosenthaler Str. 39, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 288865600

5. Viet Village

Viet Village

The quality and ambience of Viet Village take guests on a culinary journey through the kitchens of Southeast Asia. Welcoming and knowledgeable staff make the family-owned joint irresistible in its friendliness, while the menu showcases delicious Vietnamese recipes of hot-spicy-sweet dishes, making every selection a celebration of those earthy and interesting national flavors.

Viet Village, Rosenthaler Str. 50, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 24726477

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