06 January 2013

Berlin Boogie: Zitadelle Spandau

A couple of months ago, during the autumn, I decided to visit this fortress in Berlin, the Spandau Citadel. This happens to be one of the best-preserved Renaissance military structures in Europe, and it also happens to be just a single metro ride away; I just needed to hop into the U7 and I am there after a bunch of stops. So yes, when the weather was still warm, I took my camera and went sight-seeing.

I got there around mid-morning, and there were already a few people there. I paid my entrance ticket, which was rather low. Then, I fished out my camera and started taking photos.

See, there's even a moat! Although the water looked a little grimy and stagnant. I crossed the moat by walking over the bridge, and entered the fortress.

There were plenty of buildings inside the courtyard. Some were functioning as offices, some were museums, some were empty.

For me, however, the more interesting part of the citadel are the fortifications. The shots I took above are just some of the infrastructure that were built to protect the citizens dwelling inside.

Some of these bunkers and basement dwellings are now used as studios by artists based in Berlin.

And finally, I took a walk along the walls. In order to do that, I had to climb up the ramp, which was rather big, but also steep and slippery, since it was made with cobblestones and they were rather smooth.

So there, that was my visit to the Spandau Citadel. It's not a very impressive sight, but it was well-worth visiting still. Berlin has plenty of high-hitting sights, but sometimes it is also nice to visit little sights like this one.


  1. For a military building, it actually looks pretty good!

    1. Zhu,

      You're right. Somehow, back in the days, functionalism was also tempered with aesthetics!