6 Most Secret Courtyards in Berlin

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Berlin is home to several lovely courtyards in addition to its many green parks, which make up almost 30% of the city’s area. If you’ve spent a lot of time traveling along the main routes in Berlin, don’t be afraid to investigate its secret areas with a free tour Berlin, which is teeming with its own unique life and atmosphere.

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Camaro Foundation

You may explore the Camaro Foundation’s exhibition of modern art in addition to taking in the splendor of one of Mitte’s private courtyards, which houses the foundation. In 1893, construction on this structure began in the royal garden of Baron Lipperheide. Here resided the Victorian Lyceum, which was involved in the education of women, and the Society of Women Artists. The old home’s occupants came and went frequently until Renata Camaro bought it and donated it to a charity she established after the passing of her husband, the artist Alexander Camaro.

Heckmann Hofe

Oranienburger Strasse and Auguststrasse are connected by this magnificent courtyard in a Mediterranean style. Here, the Heckmann instrument-making company’s administrative offices were located at the start of the 20th century. Since 1989, a creative party has been residing there. Now this area is home to tiny cafés, art galleries, and even a theater.

Judaic Museum

The ancient 18th-century baroque courtyard is 670 square meters and is housed within the glass and steel building, which was finished in September 2007. Daniel Libeskind, an architect, created an atrium called “Sukkah” that is enclosed in glass (Hebrew). The piece makes reference to Sukkot, a Jewish harvest holiday when it was traditional to commemorate the covered shelters that the Israelites had lived in while traveling across the desert.

Mietkasernes

The residential buildings in Wedding were constructed when Berlin’s population was expanding quickly, especially following Germany’s unification in 1871. Buildings are frequently surrounded by many internal rooms at once because homes had to have yards big enough for a fire engine to turn around in. Many of them have been kept in their original state and still have their own atmosphere on Gerichtstraße. Additionally, Panke, a bar, club, gallery, and cafe with delectable vegetarian food, is located in the courtyard of house 23.

Camera Work

The expansive Camera Work photo gallery is situated in the Charlottenburg neighborhood’s opulent courtyard. Since its founding in 1997, the gallery has grown to become one of the most prestigious institutes for photography in the world. In order to establish photography as a distinct visual art form the gallery’s guiding principle is to display contemporary emerging photographers with well-known classic photographers like:

  • Helmut Newton;
  • Patrick Demarchelier;
  • Richard Avedon;
  • Diane Arbus;
  • Irving Penn;
  • Man Ray;
  • Herb Ritts.

In Berlin, now there is one more cool place – the Urban Nation Museum has opened there with the largest collection of street art and graffiti works. About 150 works of iconic street artists were presented at its presentation, including Banksy, French artist Blek le Rat and American Shepard Fairey, the author of a poster with former US President Barack Obama.

It is interesting that the museum exhibits not photographs of street works or video art with the filming of the process, but works painted by street artists on canvas specifically for the project. According to museum director Yasha Yang, these paintings are “a continuation of street art”, but not by himself in its purest form: “What you see here is not typical street art. It was important for us to show that these artists also know how to work with canvases.” At the same time, the authors of the project are sure that giving graffiti an official status will benefit the artists and in no way neutralize the protest power of street art.

 

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