Konzerthaus Berlin

Berlin, Germany | C.1821

Photo Credit: LindaBerlin

Berlin’s Konzerthaus is a historic concert hall situated in a square known as Gendarmenmarkt in the the city’s Mitte district.

This intricately-designed building was assembled in the early 19th century by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, a renowned Prussian architect and city planner whose most famous works can be found scattered across Berlin. The original structure functioned as a live theatre before it was destroyed near the end of World War II in the Battle of Berlin.

The site was empty for three decades, but was reconstructed in 1979 to function as a concert hall. The exterior is a faithful reconstruction of Schinkel’s design, featuring statues of famous composers. The interior was adapted in a Neoclassical style to function as a concert hall rather than a theatre. In 2004, this venue was thought to have some of the best suited acoustics in the world for orchestras.

The structure that stands today is made up of three separate halls, the most impressive of which is the lavish Grand Hall, which can seat 1,400 patrons. Also found inside is the Small Hall, pictured above, which seats 400, and the more intimate Werner Otto Hall, which is a modern space that seats just 250.

The Konzerthaus Berlin is home to the German orchestra Konzerthausorchester Berlin, one of the most popular orchestras in Europe that performs approximately 100 concerts each year.

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