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"Where Berlin was Born - Part 2" Top 5 Page for this destination Nicholas' Quarter Tip by Kakapo2

Nicholas' Quarter, Berlin: 34 reviews and 54 photos

  In the streets around Nikolaikirche (left).
by Kakapo2

(Click here for Part 1)

A lot of nice cafés and restaurants are relaxing places far from the hustle and bustle of the city. If I remember right the Wirtshaus zum Nussbaum (well, the name-giving nut tree has disappeared…) is the oldest one. You can also browse through some very nice shops, with the unique Puppenstube (Doll’s House) where you find an incredible lot of historic and new dolls, teddy bears, and, of course, Berlin bears, including a huge selection of glazed china bears, very creatively painted by various artists. They are called Buddy Bears. They can stand on their feet and hands and have become very fashionable since some years.

I also loved the huuuuuuge and very old stuffed toy bears sitting opposite the neighbouring shop named – surprise, surprise - Teddy’s on their chairs, in front of Nikolaikirche.

But back to more serious subjects ;-) The reconstructed houses from the 17th, 18th and 19th century were originally located at other sites, for example the Ephraim-Palais on Mühlendamm which is a significant Baroque palace from 1766. Also the Gerichtslaube (Court Pavillion) in Poststraße is a copy. The already mentioned restaurant, Gasthof zum Nussbaum, was reconstructed true to the original which was built in 1507. At the church square you find a house from the 17th century in which the writer Gotthold Ephraim Lessing lived. The Knoblauchhaus (Garlic House; Garlic being a common German family name) in Poststraße is the quarter’s oldest residential house.

The Zille-Museum in Nikolaiviertel is dedicated to the legendary Berlin artist/cartoonist Heinrich Zille who lived from 1858 to 1929. He was dubbed “Raffael der Hinterhöfe” (Raffael of the Backyards) and surely most popular artist ever, an incredibly humourous critic of society. If you want to know something about Berlin’s spirit and the people’s special kind of humour, this is a great place to go.

Open Tue – Sun 11am – 6pm, Apr – Oct until 7pm
Entry fee 4 Euro

Address: H.-Zille-Gesellschaft, Propststr. 11, 10178 Berlin
Directions: Opposite Town Hall
U/S-Bahn station Alexanderplatz and Klosterstraße, S-Bahn station Hackesche Höfe

othercontact: heinrich-zille-museum-berlin@t-o
Phone: (030) 246 32-500, Fax 246 32 502

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 2, 2007
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