I like all of the interesting buidlings and architecture. You can see the old style buildings and also the new altogether and next to each other. Many buildings look like historic but they were built newly after the wars because of damages. But even so there are some really ugly buildings too, but most I liked. Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt was one of my favorite,it was built in 1821. Its the home of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. I´ve gone twice to concerts at the hall and each time its just a joy. Beautiful building completely, Germans have a great love for music certainly and they maintain this buildings wonderfully.
Fondest memory: I had visited this area while being shown around the city the first time I came to Berlin, but during language classes often we have a short tour for newcomers who have seen the sites and inevitably we go to Gendarmenmarkt. If you take the U2, you get off at the Stadt Mitte stop. Its a nice area, in Winter they have a Weihnachtsmarkt here which is very nice.
The Konzerthaus stands proudly over the Gendarmenmarkt, and is especially handsome at night, beautifully floodlit. At holiday time, it literally sparkles as gleaming light is reflected from the "disco ball" hanging from the porch.
The Konzerthaus is another great landmark from the drawing board of Karl Friedrich Schinkel. I had the good fortune of attending a concert here of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. It certainly is the most beautiful concert hall I've ever seen.
The B.S.O. is Berlin's "second" orchestra, not in the stratospheric heights of international fame like the Berlin Philharmonic, but a perfectly respectable band all the same. The night I heard them they were led by the American conductor Marin Alsop, and the players responded crisply and enthusiastically to her baton. They gave the Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony all the care and respect it deserves, and it was exciting to be able to hear some nice orchestral playing in one of the great halls of the world.
The Gendarmenmarkt is an especially beautiful square in Mitte, just off Friedrichstrasse.
The Deutcher Dom was originally built in the 18th century to be the diocescan home of the Protestant-Reformed Church of Berlin. Destroyed in WWII, it was eventually rebuilt, finally re-opening in 1993. The building now serves as an regional history center.
The dome of the Dom is a duplicate of the tower of the Französischer (or French) Dom on the opposite side of the square. (Aside from their towers, the buildings are actually quite different.) When I was in Berlin in November 2004, the Französischer Dom was shrouded in scaffolding, undergoing restoration, so I didn't take a snapshot of it. But I'm sure that when finished the Gendamenmarkt will be even "smarter" than it already is.
This must be one of Berlins most beautifull places. The name comes from 'gendarmerie', wich is sort of a militariazed police. It was the Hugenots that, expelled from france, setled in Berlin with the kaisers blessing. Some of them became one of his most trusted soldiers. Hence the name. The two churches are the german and the french church, and you can guess the rest (or read about it in a guidebook).
The picture is taken with a fisheye lens.
The Frasösicher kirche has an interesting museum of the hugenots story. Inside the church there was an interesting display of wooden heads. The tower was also worth going up all the steps. Pictures in the Travelogue.
Favorite thing: The Deutscher Dom or German Cathedral is the most southern building at the square.. The pentagonal structure was designed by Martin Grünberg and built in 1708 by Giovanni Simonetti and modified in 1785 after a design by Carl von Gontard, who added the domed tower. The Deutscher Dom was completely destroyed by fire in 1945. It was not t rebuilt until 1993 and reopened in 1996 as a museum with exhibits on German history.
There are two dupliocate doms at the Gendarmenmarkt - the French and the German Domes.
The French Dome - the French Cathedral was modeled after the Huguenot church in Charenton, destroyed in 1688. In 1785 the tower and porticos, designed by Carl von Gontard, were added to the building. It actually turned the church is to a twin sister of the Deutscher Dom.
The French Dome is probably the more famous becos it houses the Huguenots Museum which has a complete archives of the French Calvinists of whom 20,000 found refuge after the 1685 in Brandenburg - Prussia when they were slaughtered in France. The Huguenots who lived in Berlin in the early 1700s introduced satin industry and were also famous architects.
Upstairs there is a viewing platform and also a restaurant.
The Gendarmenmarkt is probably one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
It was created at the end of the 17th century as a market place, the Linden Markt.
The current name is derived from the Regiment Gens d'Armes who had their stables here from 1736 to 1773. From 1777, the square was redeveloped after plans by Georg Christian Unger.
The centre of the square has a statue Friedrich Schiller, a famous German poet.
The Playhouse in Gendarmenmarkt was
built in 1821 the famous architect Schinkel, who also designed the reconstruction of the Berliner Dom
The Konzerthaus was built on the ruins of the National Theater, which was destroyed by fire in 1817. Schinkel reused the columns and some outside walls from this 1802 building.
The Konzerthaus was severely damaged during WWII and the reconstruction finished in 1984.
Gendarmenmarkt - Französischer Dom (but possibly Deutscher Dom).
Thanks Sabsi for helping with the identification of this location and building.