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Citadel Spandau (BERLIN)

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Fortress Spandau

The Julius Tower in the Spandau Citadel is the oldest remaining structure in Berlin.
The fortress was built in the 16th century, but the main tower dates back to the 12th century.
Built to protect the court of the Elector of Brandenburg, the Citadel has seen quite a few different uses, including an ammunitions factory during the Thirty Years‘ War and a poison gas repository during WW II.
The Citadel Spandau offers a rich year-round cultural program, exhibitions, concerts and other activities for all age groups. The Citadel is one of the most interesting and most visited cultural centers in Berlin.

Citadel Spandau - Berlin
fortress of culture

Postal Adress:
Town District Spandau von Berlin
Department Education,
Culture and Sports
Carl–Schurz–Strasse 2–6
D–13597 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 / 3303 – 2230
Fax: +49 (0)30 / 3303 – 3958

Tourist Info:
Spandau Information
Breite Strasse 32
D–13597 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 / 3 33 93 88

Citadel Spandau:
Postal Adress:
Citadel Spandau
Am Juliusturm
D–13599 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 / 35 49 44–0
Fax: +49 (0)30 / 49 44–296

Opening hours:
Exhibitions, Julius Tower, Museum
Monday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Special opening hours for events

Heimatkundliche Vereinigung
(Guided tours for groups)
Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Phone: +49 (0)30 / 334 62 70
Berliner Artenschutz Team BAT
(Showroom Bats)
Phone: +49 (0)30 / 36 75 00 61
Tourist Information Center
Phone: +49 (0)30 / 3 33 93 88

The Spandau Citadel was built between 1560 and 1594. Work started during the reign of Brandenburg’s elector Joachim II. Two Italians, Chiaramella and Rochus Guerini, Duke of Lynar,
were employed as master masons. Apart from its military function of securing the roads and waterways, the Citadel had to serve as a safe house for the nearby court as well. This happened in 1757 when Berlin was threatened by Austrian troops.

The Citadel was besieged only once in April 1813, when Prussian troops fired on the fortress while it was occupied by the French in the Wars of Liberation. The powder magazine behind the wall between the King’s Bastion and the southern curtain blew up. The Julius Tower went down in history because of the gold reserves that the Prussians stored there as French reparations in 1874. These reserves had to be returned to
France at the end of the First World War.

The Citadel was taken over by the Soviet Army in May 1945 without a shot being fired; the stationed British forces subsequently protected the

structure and maintained it as a historic monument. The site was secured and renovated repeatedly in the following decades. Federal funds were made available for essential repairs and safeguarding work in the 80s under the Future Investment Program.


Continuous Retrofit
The Spandau Citadel was reconstructed and renovated step by step over the last decades. The county and the City of Berlin invested into the maintenance and the protection of the historical heritage and in attractive tourist offers. The Spandau Citadel sets new standards in the cultural use of European
historical fortresses.


Fortress events
Easter-Knight-Spectacular April
The Walpurgis Night April
Castle Festival of Spandau May
Festival of Bats September
Days of Citadel Spandau September
The Halloween Party October
Festival of Lights October
New Year's Eve Party December

Attractive Exhibitions and Entertainment

Inside the different buildings you can find museums and exhibitions under different themes. Guided tours give extensive information.

In the rooms of the Commander’s House different objects bring you closer to the history of the castle and the fortress. Models, maps, paintings and photographs, archaeological finds, weapons and helmets show the life within and with the fortress in the course of the centuries. They show the architectural changes and let us know more about the historical events in which the Citadel played a central role. A special part is dedicated to the fauna.


Inside the western ramparts the visitor can see the rests of a late slavic fortress from the 11th century and the fundaments of a ring wall from the 15th century.

The Armory is home of the museum for Spandau’s city history. It shows everything from the city’s development, the governance, the communal institutions, handicraft, trade, military production and industrialization to the cultural life of the inhabitants.

The Parade Hall contains a permanent exhibition of historical
arms and canons. The frequent art exhibitions at the Citadel attract people‘s attention.

The amazing acoustics and the medieval atmosphere of the gothicstyle hall are very unique in the City of Berlin. The rich cultural concert program is known way beyond the bounds of Spandau. The Citadel is a wonderful place for events. On the open-air grounds as well as in the courtyard of the Citadel, there are numerous open air-events. There is a dazzling array of events throughout the whole year. The Festival of Bats, the Days of Citadel Spandau, Halloween, Walpurgis Night, the Festival
of Lights, the Festival of Magic and live concerts attracting hundred thousands of visitors each year, are only a few to be named.

The nature in the water ditch and on the ramparts is very fascinating. The bats use the casemates as shelter during winter season. The “Zitadellenschänke“ is a place to experience medieval gastronomy.



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