Die über die Stadt verteilten Themenrouten machen es möglich, die Berliner Industriekultur über verschiedene Zeiten, Räume und Generationen hinweg als ein vielschichtiges kulturelles System zu interpretieren. Jede Themenroute thematisiert gesellschaftliche Fragen, die sich wie in einer Zeitschleife durch Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft ziehen lassen. Diese Aktualität kann zugleich Ausgangs- oder Schlusspunkt der Betrachtung sein und lädt zum Gespräch ein - zwischen den Generationen und zwischen den Regionen. Miteinander konkurrierende Sichtweisen werden einander gegenüber gestellt.


Hier kann die alte und die neue Industriekultur Berlins erlebt und erfahren werden. Klassische touristische Destinationen stehen neben Orten "der anderen Art". Verborgene Orte und Orte der Begegnung, an denen man ins Gespräch mit anderen Menschen und lokalen Akteuren kommen kann, sind dabei besonders wichtig.


Infrastrukturnetze wie Post, U-Bahn-Linien, Eisenbahnlinien, aber auch unsichtbare Netze (Kraftwerke, Umspannwerke o. ä.) werden hier visualisiert.

Active Industry and Innovation

Research, development and manufacturing have always been tasks of industry. With its strong infrastructure Berlin can remain an attractive location. Traditional companies and new start-ups alike profit from close cooperation between universities and businesses.

Beyond the Socket

Before it arrives in our homes, electricity passes through power stations, transmission lines, substations, transformers and switchgear, to name but a few. Berlin played a pioneering role in many developments associated with electrification. At the beginning of the 20th century the city was also known as Electropolis.

City Network

Gas, internet, public transport, electricity and water are examples of urban networks. The functioning of the individual networks in the city is multi-faceted and complex. The best way to understand and experience them is through their often hidden structures.

Grain and Malt

Breweries, bread factories and their suppliers are only one part along the way to the finished product. Once there were innumerable breweries in Berlin with enormous basement vaults for the storage of the precious liquid gold and beer gardens, where the beer was served. Since the last couple of years the number of micro-breweries increases again.

Hygiene in the City

Municipal baths, hospitals and sewage systems arose from the late-19th century in parallel with population expansion. Hygiene came to play an increasingly important role, and a stronger separation of industry and housing emerged in the following decades.

Manage and Execute

Bankers and politicians directly influence many firms as investors, financiers and backers and have been crucial to Berlin’s development as an industrial location.


Trams and trains guarantee rapid transit and low emissions. The gigantic infrastructure behind them is subject to continuous change. It is always being adapted and expanded to continue to meet the needs of future users.

Music- and Mediaindustry

For many decades major newspapers and the East-West propaganda battle defined Berlin’s image as a media city. That began to change as the creative scene moved into abandoned industrial complexes. Since the 1990s Berlin has earned a reputation as a cosmopolitan European metropolis.

Urban Mining

Consumption of raw materials, origin of recyclable materials, waste as a resource, the city as a mine. Recycling yards, Orange Box, Berliner Stadtreinigung. Green Tech. Durability of products and criticism of the throwaway society. Waste incineration plants, landfills, rubble mountains ...

Workaday Life

Breweries, market halls, tenements and swimming pools are today automatically part of the cityscape. The development of industry brought an improvement in standards of living in public and private spheres. Citizens today still benefit from many of these institutions.


Architectural Highlights

These buildings are examples of industrial culture that stand out for their special design. Both the interiors and the external façade exhibit a striking appearance.

Atmospheric Place

Here the presence of industry and technology is especially visible in the cityscape or the interior. Time for a short break or a proper picnic.


Food and drink are simply part of life in Berlin. These cafés, bars and restaurants have a direct or indirect connection to Berlin’s industrial culture.


The industrial charm of these places lives on. But now it creates a special atmosphere for concerts, talks, exhibitions and public and private celebrations.

Hidden Treasure

Many interesting places are well-hidden or little-known. But they have their own special qualities and are just waiting to be discovered.


Authentic places where one may find eye-witnesses, activists and visionaries with tales to tell of industrial Berlin, historical or modern. Local people may relate how their neighbourhood has changed.

Lost Place

Not all the interesting places survive, and the process of disappearance belongs to the city just as much as that of building. But the traces they leave help us gain a better understanding.



Exhibitions great and small inform visitors about the widest variety of aspects of Berlin’s industry. Here industrial culture is lived and communicated.

Route of Industrial Heritage Berlin





Pneumatic Delivery System



Underground Railway

Water Supply and Disposal