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Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin: 68 reviews and 144 photos

  Schiller in front of the German Dome.
by Kakapo2

Only in the first instant it is surprising to find a statue of Friedrich von Schiller on Berlin?s Gendarmenmarkt, as we Schwaben from the land of Württemberg consider Schiller as ?our? poet and philosopher. But in fact he was ? together with Goethe ? Germany?s greatest classic writer, philosopher, dramatist and poet, and so it is absolutely normal that he has a place in front of Berlin?s former national theatre.

Schiller was born in Marbach on the river Neckar, near Stuttgart, on 10 November 1759 in the south of Germany, and he died on 9 May 1805 in Weimar, only 45 years old, from acute pneumonia. On Goethe?s request he later was buried at Schiller?s side. In the city of Weimar both poets stand side by side on a monument. He was ennobled in 1802, by the addition of ?von? in front of his last name.

Schiller?s plays are part of the standard repertoire of German theatres. His first big hit was ?Die Räuber? (The Robbers) in 1776. The premiere in Mannheim (1782) was a huge success, especially young people loved it. However, the reigning Duke of Württemberg was not impressed and imprisoned the poet for two weeks and forbid him to write comedies and similar stuff.

Then Schiller wrote ?Kabale und Liebe? (Intrigue and Love) and ?Don Carlos?, later ?Wallenstein?, ?Maria Stuart?, ?Wilhelm Tell?, and ?Die Jungfrau von Orléans? (The Maid of Orleans). I think everybody at my age and time had to learn ?Das Lied von der Glocke? (Song of the Bell) by heart, and my father still knows every word of it.

Many of Schiller?s poems and dramas became musical pieces. You might have heard ?Ode an die Freude? (Ode to the Happiness) which Beethoven used for this 9th symphony. Verdi adapted several of Schiller?s play for his operas, ?Don Carlos? is just one of them.

Address: Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Directions: U-Bahn U2, stations Stadtmitte and Hausvogtei-Platz
U6, stations Stadtmitte and Französische Straße
If you walk it is roughly between the boulevard ?Unter den Linden? and Checkpoint Charlie

Phone: +49 30 22730431
Website: http://www.berlin.de/sehenswuerdigkeiten/3560277-3558930-gendarmenmarkt.html

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  • Written Jan 15, 2008
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