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Explore the Architecture of Berlin on an Educational Visit

For art and design students, many cities in Europe offer a wide variety of architecturally significant buildings, but Berlin, Germany, is one of the most interesting and valuable learning experiences. The capital of Germany (and the largest city), with just over 3.45 million inhabitants, uses a lot of green space and has many important and emblematic buildings and structures.

Students who travel to Berlin to study the city’s architectural and artistic achievements will be rewarded with an educational experience. Visit the Fernsehturm, Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall, Rotes Rathaus, and Charlottenburg Palace for an excellent overview of Berlin architecture since the end of the Second World War.

The Fernsehturm

literally translated from German as “television tower”, the Fernsehturm is an absolute must during an educational visit to Berlin students. It is located on Alexanderplatz and was built between 1965 and 1969 by the former German Democratic Republic. It was designed with ideas from Hermann Henselmann and Jörg Streitparth, later added by Walter Herzog and Herbert Aust. Originally, it was 365 meters high, but with the addition of new antennas in the 1990s, an additional 3 meters were added. At its current height, it is the tallest structure in Germany and visible from many places in the city.

Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall

Located on Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1, Berlin, the philharmonic concert hall was designed by Hans Scharoun and completed in 1963. This “organic” and “futuristic” interpretation was built to replace the previous Berlin philharmonic concert hall which was destroyed during the Second World War world. An educational visit to the current philharmonic concert hall takes students through the two auditoriums, which can seat 2,500 and 1,200 people respectively. The auditorium itself appears from the inside like a hollow bowl and the corners and curtains of the ceiling in a way that serves to capture and project the music in rhythm. facade The exterior completes the Tiergarten, which is located immediately to the north and is finished in a soft yellow metal to keep the natural landscape in mind.

Rotes Rathaus

An educational tour of Berlin’s Mitte district takes students to the towering facade of the Rotes Rathaus, or the red city hall – Berlin’s city hall. The hall itself houses the current mayor of the city and takes its name from the distinctive red vowels. Originally built between 1861 and 1869 by the architect Hermann Friedrich Wiesemann, the Rotes Rathaus was designed in the Italian style of the “High Renaissance”. During the Second World War, the building suffered heavy damage from the Allied bombers but was rebuilt in 1951 according to the original plans.

Schloss Charlottenburg

After visiting the current government house of the Rotes Rathaus, a trip to Berlin’s largest palace, the Schloss Charlottenburg (Spandauer Damm 10), will be the natural follow-up to an educational visit. The palace was built at the end of the 17th century and was considerably enlarged in the 18th century. The palace was commissioned by Sophie Charlotte and designed by architect Johann Arnold Nering. The general style is baroque, with a facade decorated with Corinthian pilasters. As with some of the other buildings in the city, the palace was severely damaged during the Second World War and has since been rebuilt.