The oldest building in Berlin

If you reach the top level of the Julius Tower (just 153 steps!), you will be rewarded with a magnificent view. From the top, the view of the fortress complex and the river Havel takes the breath away. In good weather you can see as far as the Berlin TV Tower.

The Julius Tower was built at the beginning of the 13th century. Its main purpose was to defend the castle which the Margraves of Brandenburg built on the site. When the Citadel was built in the 16th century it was decided to retain the Julius Tower and the Palas as parts of the old castle and to integrate them into the new fortress.

The treasury door which visitors pass through to enter the tower is a reminder that the “Reichskriegsschatz” (Imperial War Treasure) was stored behind the 3.6-metre thick walls after the Franco-German War of 1870-71.

You can climb the tower during the Citadel opening times, as part of your entry ticket, on 365 days of the year – except if there is black ice or storm!

© Friederike Kröbel
© Friederike Kröbel