"Wandering The City #12 - Hausvogteiplatz" Walking Tip by johngayton

Walking, Berlin: 32 reviews and 87 photos

  Very Much A Local's Oasis
by johngayton
 
 

I'd changed my mind about heading for Potsdamer Platz and was heading instead for Alexanderplatz when I came across this interesting little square. The square is actually triangular, retaining its shape from when it was a bastion of the 18th century city wall. It is named after the Hausvogtei prison which was built in 1750 for the imprisonment of those who fell foul of the Berlin Court Society and for Jews - "Who knows the truth and says it freely will be imprisoned in the Berlin Hausvogtie" is quoted as being a popular remark at the time.

At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries the area was world-renowned for its tailors and several of the surrounding buildings date back to that period. The square was redesigned in 1908 to accomodate its eponymous U-bahn station and despite being devestated by Allied bombing during the Second World War has been restored to almost exactly its 1908 layout - its lime tree is the original which was the only object to survive the bombing.

More of a local's oasis than a tourist one but well worth stumbling across as a pastiche of local history.

Directions: At the end of Taubenstraße, heading towards the Friedrichsgracht.

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  • Updated Oct 11, 2010
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