Built in 1905–07, this series of eight connected courtyards is the finest example of art nouveau industrial architecture in Berlin. Most buildings are covered with glazed white tiles, and additional Moorish mosaic designs decorate the main courtyard off Rosenthaler Strasse. Shops (including one dedicated to Berlin's beloved street-crossing signal, the "Ampelmann"), restaurants, the variety theater Chamäleon Varieté, and a movie theater populate the spaces once occupied
by ballrooms, a poets' society, and a Jewish girls' club.
Jan 6, 2003
I'm an American who's been living in Berlin-Mitte for 8 months now. My advice would be to put this sight at or near the bottom of the list of Berlin sights. The buildings are nice, the architecture is interesting, but it is just one giant tourist trap, including a large Starbucks. The restaurants are expensive and are mediocre at best. Traffic is a nightmare here and I've been close to being run down by cars, bicycles, or other pedestrians many
times (I had to go to school here 3 times a week). Better nighttime activities and good cheap eats can be found along the nearby Oranienburgerstrasse (if you don't mind the prostitutes at Monbijouplatz). If you want to go to a nice restaurant, I suggest picking one along Unter den Linden instead. They are also expensive, but the food is generally excellent.