Torhaus der Zitadelle, Foto: Zitadelle Berlin, Friedhelm Hoffmann

Guardhouse / Commander’s House

The guardhouse dating from the beginning of the construction of the fortress was redesigned in the 17th century and the crest of the rulers of Brandenburg-Prussia was added. Since the wars against Napoleon it served as Commander’s House.

On the ground floor you will find the box office and visitor information. The Museum Shop is situated on the upper floor, at the entrance of the exhibition “Castle and Citadel”, which leads directly to the Julius Tower.


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

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.


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, Foto: Zitadelle Berlin
Exerzierhalle, Foto: Zitadelle Berlin

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, Foto: Jens Achtermann
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.

Die Alte Kaserne, Foto: Zitadelle Berlin, Friedhelm Hoffmann
Hafen, Foto: Zitadelle Berlin


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, Foto: Friedhelm Hoffmann