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Nestled in Berlin's historic Mitte district, Hackescher Markt is a vibrant square with a rich history and regular markets on Thursdays and Saturdays.

The market boasts fresh, local, and organic produce, aligning with Berlin’s commitment to sustainability. Amidst crafts and produce, diverse street food stalls offer mouthwatering treats. 

Beyond the market, Hackescher Markt is a cultural hub, surrounded by historic buildings, trendy shops, and cafes. Explore its rich tapestry, from museums to galleries, for a captivating journey through Berlin’s history and artistic expressions. 

Join us in unraveling the charm of Hackescher Markt!

Die Hackesche Höfe

The Hackesche Höfe in Berlin is a historic complex of courtyards and buildings that dates back to the early 20th century. Constructed between 1906 and 1907, these interconnected courtyards were designed by architect Kurt Berndt in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. The complex originally served as a mixed-use space, housing residential apartments, shops, and various businesses.

The significance of the Hackesche Höfe lies not only in its architectural charm but also in its cultural and historical importance. During the early 20th century, this area of Berlin, known as Scheunenviertel, was a hub of creativity and intellectual activity. The courtyards became a gathering place for artists, writers, and intellectuals, contributing to the vibrant cultural scene of pre-World War II Berlin.

Over the years, the complex went through periods of neglect and decay, especially during the division of East and West Berlin. However, in the 1990s, a restoration project revived the Hackesche Höfe, preserving its historic character while introducing new businesses, galleries, and cafes.

Today, the Hackesche Höfe and its hidden courtyards are a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, offering a unique blend of history, art, and contemporary culture in the heart of Berlin.


Tip: Explore the array of small and medium-sized shops around Hackescher Markt to discover unique items, making it a great area not only for fashion but also for buying original souvenirs. While prices may be higher than average, the charm lies in the exclusivity of the offerings, making it a hotspot for one-of-a-kind finds.

Haus Schwarzenberg

Located really close to our previous location this is renowned for its alternative and artistic atmosphere, this historic building complex has become a hub for creativity, expression, and cultural exploration.

The complex is known for its diverse range of cultural venues, galleries, and communal spaces that foster a unique and vibrant atmosphere. One of the notable institutions housed within Haus Schwarzenberg is the Anne Frank Zentrum. This museum and educational center is dedicated to preserving the memory of Anne Frank and educating visitors about the historical significance of her life and the impact of the Holocaust.

What sets Haus Schwarzenberg apart is not only its historical significance but also its commitment to promoting contemporary art and alternative cultural expressions. The complex features street art and murals that adorn its walls, contributing to the dynamic and visually engaging environment. Visitors can explore the various galleries and spaces that host art exhibitions, installations, and events, showcasing a wide range of artistic styles and perspectives.

Cafes and communal areas within Haus Schwarzenberg provide inviting spaces for locals and tourists alike to relax, engage in discussions, or immerse themselves in the creative energy that permeates the surroundings. The juxtaposition of historical elements with modern and alternative expressions adds a unique character to Haus Schwarzenberg, making it a destination that appeals to those seeking an authentic and offbeat Berlin experience.

Clärchens Ballhaus

Clärchens Ballhaus, founded in 1913, is a historic dance hall in Berlin’s Mitte district. Retaining its original charm, the venue features a dance hall with live music, a garden for outdoor seating, and a restaurant offering German and international cuisine. Surviving through wars and historical changes, Clärchens Ballhaus is a cultural icon, attracting visitors with its nostalgic ambiance and hosting various events, including dances, live performances, and cultural exhibitions. This enduring venue stands as a living testament to Berlin’s rich history and cultural heritage.

A bit extra

We hope you enjoyed these locations, as they are among our favorites. If you need another excuse to visit, there are additional attractions in close proximity:

Museum Island (Museumsinsel): A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Museum Island is located nearby and houses several world-renowned museums, including the Pergamon Museum, the Neues Museum, and the Altes Museum.

Alexanderplatz: A major public square and transportation hub, Alexanderplatz is known for the iconic TV Tower (Fernsehturm), shopping centers, and vibrant city life.

Rosenthaler Platz: A lively square surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and shops. It’s a great place to soak in the local atmosphere and enjoy Berlin’s cafe culture.

Berlin Wall Memorial: Located a bit to the north, but worth the walk, the Berlin Wall Memorial provides insights into the history of the divided city. It includes a preserved section of the wall, a documentation center, and an open-air exhibition.

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