Guardhouse / Commander’s House

The gatehouse from the early period of fortress construction was remodeled in the 17th century and decorated with the coat of arms of the rulers of Brandenburg-Prussia. The restoration of the coat of arms, completed in the spring of 2021, shows the condition of the 18th century, when the royal crown had been placed instead of the electoral one.

The rooms above the gate served as the commander’s quarters since the Napoleonic Wars. Even before that, the embrasures had been converted into windows and partition walls had been built in. In the spring of 1945, the Volkssturm entrenched themselves in the rooms that had been used as officers’ apartments until then and blocked the gate hall with field stones and rubble up to the ceiling.

Today, elements of the Renaissance style are clearly visible in the gateway hall, including the hall with the three arched openings, which were bricked up and plastered over in 1838/39 and not reopened until 1967. The facade to the entrance bridge still shows the condition of 1839 with the accurately set Rathenow bricks.

 

Today, the first floor houses the ticket office with information facilities. On the upper floor you will find the museum store and the exhibition “Castle and Citadel”, which leads directly to the Julius Tower.

Palas

The prestigious building of the rulers of Brandenburg dates back to the 15th century and was kept when the fortress was built.

The Gothic Hall is located here, a location for concerts and a venue to hire.

In the attic there is the Archive of the City History Museum Spandau. The entrance is through the Guardhouse/Commander’s House.

Der Juliusturm mit Palas, Foto: Zitadelle Berlin, Friedhelm Hoffmann
© Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Spandau, Zitadelle Spandau

Julius Tower

The Julius Tower, which’s construction began in the early 13th century, is the oldest building of today’s Berlin.

As a look-out it offers a great view over the City.

Arsenal

The classical building was designed in the 19th century as an arsenal to store weapons and uniforms.

Today it houses the City History Museum Spandau.

Zeughaus © Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Spandau, Zitadelle Spandau
Exerzierhalle, © Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Spandau, Zitadelle Spandau

Parade Hall

The building from the 19th century was constructed for the exercises of the soldiers stationed at the Citadel.

Today historical canons are presented here.

Provisions Depot

The building dates back to the first building phase. However it was damaged and reconstructed several times over the years.

Now it is the museum of “Unveiled. Berlin and its Monuments” showing original monuments which once stood in the streets of Berlin but were removed.

Proviantmagazin,
Außenbereich der Italienischen Höfe, Foto: Zitadelle Berlin

Italian Courtyards

The cavalier of the Bastion Brandenburg dates from the beginning of the construction of the fortress. The architecture of arches had actually static reasons, but now provides a Mediterranean atmosphere.

The rooms inside can be hired as a venue.

Old Barracks

The late neo-classical building dating from the 19th century catches the eye with its long yellow brick façade.

Today it houses the ZAK Center for Contemporary Art on an area of 2500 sqm.
The attic can be hired for conferences.

Hafen © Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Spandau, Zitadelle Spandau

Harbour

The harbour came into being around 1700 in the course of the redesign of the Bastion Crown Prince (Kronprinz).

Bastion Crown Prince (Kronprinz)

The canon tower, also called cavalier, was re-built in the Baroque style after its demolition around 1700. Here the fortress and its walls can be especially well experienced.

On the ground floor there are exhibition rooms which are currently under construction.

The upper floor is home to the Spandau Youth Art School.

Bastion Kronprinz © Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Spandau, Zitadelle Spandau Foto: Friedhelm Hoffmann