• Oberspree Power Station: The power station facade along Wilhelminenhofstraße

    The power station facade along Wilhelminenhofstraße Copyright:Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt und BZI, Foto: Andreas Muhs

  • Oberspree Power Station: View into the empty machine room

    View into the empty machine room Copyright:Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt und BZI, Foto: Andreas Muhs

Oberspree Power Station

When AEG moved to the city’s south-eastern outskirts at the end of the 19th century it started off by building the Oberspree Power Station at the new site. As Germany’s first alternating current power station it represented a technological leap. It served above all to supply electricity to the inner city, but was also intended to encourage the establishment of new manufacturing operations at the Oberspree site.

The use of alternating current made it possible to transport electricity over long distances for the first time. The subsequent period therefore saw numerous transformer substations built in Berlin, many of them supplied from Oberspree. In 2013 the sculpture foundry Knaak moved into parts of the historical ensemble.

Portrait in the folder “Berlin’s Industrial Heritage”

Skulpturengießerei Knaak

Industriesalon Schöneweide (German)

Oberspree Power Station in Berlin Monument Database (German)

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