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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Water Supply and Disposal
AEG Turbine Factory
The AEG Turbine Factory designed by Peter Behrens is probably Berlin’s most famous industrial...
Built between 1874 and 1880, Anhalter Station was one of Berlin’s most important railway...
The Backfabrik in Saarbrücker Straße has experienced quite a transformation in its...
Berghain is one of Berlin’s top nightclubs, with an international reputation. The former...
By 1900, when it opened the head office building designed by Alfred Messel, the Berliner...
The Bötzow Brewery was founded 150 years ago, and long remained a major purveyor of beer to...
Cottbus Diesel Power Station
The former Cottbus Diesel Power Station is today well known also beyond the city as a museum of...
Shortly after it was founded in 1870, the Deutsche Bank commissioned the architects Hermann Ende...
Energy Museum Berlin in former Steglitz Power Station
Energy Museum Berlin in the former Steglitz Power Station shows countless exhibits connected...
ewerk / Buchhändlerhof Substation
The complex today known as E-Werk has already experienced a series of phases of use and...
Fabrik für elektrische Instrumente Dr. Paul Meyer AG
Der Unternehmer Paul Meyer hatte sich seit 1893 auf den Bau elektrotechnischer Messgeräte...
Hardly another building has passed through as many different uses connected directly with the...
Former Central Slaughterhouse
The Central Slaughterhouse opened in 1881 beside the Ringbahn tracks, to put an end to...
Former Knorr-Bremse, Main Works
The invention of an innovative braking system turned Knorr-Bremse AG into one of Germany’s...
Friedrichsfelde Central Cemetery
The Friedrichsfelde Central Cemetery in Lichtenberg is known above all for its memorials and...
The history of the Funkerberg (“radio hill”) in Königs Wusterhausen goes back to the German...
The first part of Funkhaus Nalepastraße was built in a great hurry from 1951, because the...
When it was completed in 1926 the Funkturm (radio tower) was the highlight of that year’s 3rd...
German Museum of Technology
The German Museum of Technology provides varied and fascinating insights into the history of...
Haus des Rundfunks
The Haus des Rundfunks (broadcasting house) in Charlottenburg opened in 1931 and is one of the...
Historic Overhead Transmission Line in Moabit
The historic overhead line between Moabit and Charlottenburg shaped the skyline of both boroughs...
Hobrechtsfelde Sewage Farm
The engineer and architect James Hobrecht had extensive sewage farms with basins to purify waste...
The Hufeisensiedlung (“horseshoe housing estate”) in Britz is the first and most interesting...
Industriesalon Schöneweide is a must for anyone who wants to learn more about the industry of...
Kabelwerk Oberspree KWO / HTW Berlin
Kabelwerk Oberspree (KWO) was one of the formative companies at the industrial site of...
Klingenberg Power Station
This striking expressionist power station in Berlin-Rummelsburg still supplies large parts of...
Light Bulb Quarter
The area known as Light Bulb Quarter, near Warschauer Straße U-Bahn station, is at first glance...
Lignite Power from the Lausitz
For decades most of Berlin’s electricity was generated using lignite from the Lausitz...
Markgrafendamm Rectifier and Switchgear Station
Markgrafendamm Rectifier and Switchgear Station on the RAW I site is a hidden architectural...
The 380-kV cross-city line that runs largely underground through Berlin ends at Marzahn...
Mitte Power Station
The old and new Mitte Power Stations dominate the area by the River Spree with their bulky...
Nauener Platte Wind Park
Nauener Platte is a raised area of glacial origin west of Berlin, between Potsdam, Brandenburg...
Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre
The Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre Berlin in Schöneweide opened in summer 2006 and...
Not far outside Berlin, in the village of Neuenhagen, stands one of the largest electricity...
Neukölln Municipal Baths
When they opened in 1914 Neukölln Municipal Baths were one of Europe’s largest, with up to...
Niederschönhausen Tram Depot
Niederschönhausen Tram Depot opened in 1901 and served for many decades as a depot and workshop...
Oberspree Power Station
When AEG moved to the city’s south-eastern outskirts at the end of the 19th century it started...
Three substations were built over the course of the decades beside the former Oberspree Power...
The name ORWOhaus recalls the industrial past of this seven-storey prefab block. Until 1989 ORWO...
The Osthafen (eastern river port), was built in the early 20th century, and was at the time the...
Peter Behrens Building, former NAG
This building named after the architect Peter Behrens marks the end of Wilhelminenhofstraße....
Rathenau Halls, former Transformatorenfabrik Oberspree
The gigantic complex of factories at the heart of the former Transformatorenwerk Oberspree (TRO)...
RAW-Tempel, formerly RAW II
The site today known as RAW-Tempel was once one of Berlin’s most important railway engineering...
Siemens Villa at Wannsee
From 1889 the Siemens Villa with its park-like grounds served Arnold von Siemens as his new home...
In 1897 the rapidly growing Siemens & Halske AG acquired an almost empty site in Spandau. A...
Stahnsdorf Cemetery is laid out as a park and is one of Germany’s largest and best-known...
Stahnsdorf Sewage Works
In 1905 the village of Stahnsdorf and its neighbours jointly built a sewage works, but high...
The former Stralau Glassworks east of the railway tracks is one of many abandoned industrial...
U-Bahn Station Warschauer Straße
The terminus of underground line U1 at Warschauer Brücke and the associated buildings represent...
The ufaFabrik is a well-known culture and social centre beside the Teltow Canal in Tempelhof....
The Ullstein-Haus opened in 1927, with a vertical façade and imposing tower dominating the...
From outside, the symmetrical Villa Rathenau appears astonishingly plain. Only a small memorial...