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The Spandau Citadel in Berlin

The Spandau Citadel in Berlin

The Spandau Citadel is one of the best-preserved Renaissance fortresses of the 16th century in Europe and one of the most famous sights of the district of Spandau. What used to be a military fortress is today a place full of culture with a varied offer. Since 1989, the citadel is open to all citizens.

Since then it has been used for numerous events and houses, among other things, a theater, a museum and a bat cellar. One of the tourist magnets is, for example, an annual medieval festival where you can get an idea of how you tried to protect yourself from enemies in the 16th century. Up to 10,000 fans come to the citadel every summer when this place becomes a stage for national and international musicians. On top of that, there is even a big children's party every year, where the fortress belongs to children alone. By the way, Little Red Riding Hood, The Brave Little Tailor or The Puss in Boots are all year round on the program of the puppet theater in the citadel Spandau.

The absolute highlight, especially for children, is the open-air bat cellar, where you can watch around 200 fruit bats. Next to the citadel, one of Spandau's landmarks is the 30-meter-high Julius tower. Once you have climbed the 153 steps, you will be rewarded with an impressive view. The fortress and the course of the Havel river are visible from here. In good weather, the view even extends to the Berlin TV Tower.

Where: Am Juliusturm 87, 13597 Berlin
Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm
€ 5, concessions € 2.50


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