Welcome to Lichtenberg
Lichtenberg – in the northeastern part of Berlin, is family-friendly, up and coming, and diverse. Discover the wide range of architecture, idyllic recreation areas and diverse sport offerings. Or look back at 700 eventful years in Lichtenberg. They have left traces in many places.
This website is intended to serve as a little guide through Berlin’s district of contrasts: Medieval village centres border on modern, prefabricated housing blocks, while historical building quarters and villa complexes verge on bustling neighborhoods.
Theater an der Parkaue
Karlshorst race track
Lichtenberg is also considered a testing ground of architecture. As early as the 1870s, the concrete houses constructed by the civil engineer Türschmidt with their mix of cement, sand and slag caused quite a stir. Furthermore, this district is the cradle of the “Platte” (prefabrication): The Splanemann settlement was constructed with the first industrially manufactured apartment blocks in Germany in 1926/27. The “New Construction” of the 1920s becomes visible in many places throughout the district: Famous architects of the modern avantgarde, such as Max Taut, Erwin Gutkind, Paul Emmerich and Paul Mebes created modern school complexes and social residential areas with green inner courtyards and common areas. With the Lemke country home, Bauhaus Director Mies van der Rohe designed a true treasure of modern architecture.
A green belt also runs through Lichtenberg. From Karlshorst in the south via the bank of the river Spree at Rummelsburger Bucht up to Barnim in the north. Gardens, lakes, parks and fields invite visitors in the heart of Berlin to shut down the noise from the big city and simply enjoy nature. The regional park Barnimer Feldmark, for example, invites visitors to explore expansive hiking and biking paths.
Many of the sights and the “charm of Lichtenberg” will only be found at second glance. Discovery tours through the district help to not miss anything.
Friedrichsfelde Palace, built in 1685, offers visitors an experience in one of the most impressive baroque palaces in Berlin. Tierpark Berlin, the largest landscape animal park with an area of 160 hectares, was created in 1955 on the grounds of the gardens designed by Josef Peter Lenné in 1821.
More than 1,400 animals in the Berlin Animal Shelter await new owners. The Falkenberg animal shelter is one of the largest and most modern of its kind in Europe.
Tabor Church dating to the 13th century will impress visitors to Alt-Hohenschönhausen with high art. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful village churches in Berlin. Music lovers can enjoy the sounds of the oldest organ in Berlin, the Amalia Organ in the Church “Zur frohen Botschaft”.
The Friedrichsfelde Cemetery, which was originally designed as a park, and the Socialist Memorial has become the final resting place for many celebrities of the 20th century as well as leading representatives of the worker’s movement.
The German-Russian Museum Karlshorst is the historical location of the unconditional surrender of the German Wehrmacht on 8 May 1945.
The Hohenschönhausen Memorial and the Stasi Museum offer insights into political persecution in East Germany.
A unique technical monument is the Museum Kesselhaus Herzberge. It provides visitors with information from 100 years of heating technology at an original venue.
Lichtenberg is not only famous for its history but also thanks to its creative sites: The Theater an der Parkaue is the largest theater for young adolescents in Germany, its fame going far beyond the city limits of Berlin. The BLO Studios at Kaskelstraße 55 are also fascinating: Sculptors, blacksmiths, painters or photographers as well as other artists look forward to your visit to their ateliers. And the Max-Taut Auditorium, a masterpiece of modern architecture, has cemented its place as a cultural centre in the district. The museums – such as the Museum im Stadthaus – and the numerous galleries in the district liven up the local culture scene through creative exhibitions.
Stay moving in Lichtenberg! The Sportforum Berlin is the second-largest high-performance sports complex where top athletes aspire to achieve top performances, while others train in different clubs in competitive sports, junior sports as well as sports for the general public. In addition to the Olympic Training Centre Berlin, the facility is home to more than 20 clubs.
The Pferdesportpark Berlin Karlshorst is the place to be for numerous exciting horseracing events.
Appetite whetted? Those interested can follow the latest tourist developments in Lichtenberg first-hand on the tourism portal website.
Everyone is warmly welcome to come visit Lichtenberg and discover (or rediscover) our district.
Our team would be delighted to help with your questions and suggestions: We look forward to seeing you in the lovely district of Lichtenberg.