Interesting insights into the past


In the west curtain wall of the Citadel you can visit two fascinating archaeological Sites. They have been placed together in a special viewing room providing an insight into the early history of this special place.

One of the exhibits is an excavation of the remains of a Slavic wood and earth wall, and of a later stone castle wall and of the palace complex from the Renaissance era. You can also see medieval Jewish gravestones which were likely removed in the 15th century from the Jewish cemetery in Spandau and used as building material for the castle. An audio commentary explains the meaning of the gravestones by reading out the inscriptions in Hebrew with translations in German and English.

The redevelopment of the Archaeological Window (project ARCHE) was financed by a funding of 203,000 € in 2015 by means of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the cultural investment program (Kulturinvestitionsprogramm KIP) of the Senate Chancellery-Cultural Affairs. Further funding came from the Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment.



View into the excavation in the Archaeological Window, photo: Joanna Kosowska © Stadtgeschichtliches Museum, Zitadelle Spandau
Blick vom Juliusturm auf die Bastion Kronprinz, Foto: Zitadelle Berlin, Friedhelm Hoffmann


West Curtain

© Franz Thöricht