"Hackesche Höfe in Mitte is a mix of shops, culture and nightlife in a historic ensemble of buildings.
The Hackesche Höfe belong to a sprawling old city quarter, which has no equal in Berlin: the Spandau suburb, north of the Alexanderplatz. The eight interconnected farms between Rosenthaler Straße and Sophienstraße were renovated in 1993 for 80 million marks and are today with the many shops, galleries and restaurants and clubs a popular meeting place for scene-goers, night owls and tourists.In front of Hackesche Höfe
The area of today's Hackesche Höfe, north of Alexanderplatz, was at the end of the 17th century outside the city walls. Here were numerous barns for storage of straw and hay, as it was forbidden at this time due to the fire danger to store it within the city walls. From this time comes the term Scheunenviertel, which has been preserved until today for the area around the Hackesche Höfe.The Hackescher Markt is created
By 1700, many people had settled in the area in front of the city walls, it was the Spandau suburb with its own church. In 1731, at the behest of the Prussian King Frederick William I, the city wall was extended. Now the Spandau suburb belonged to Berlin. The Hackesche Markt was built according to plans by city commander Hans Christoph Graf von Hacke, who was to cultivate open spaces in this area. Today's Hackesche Markt was born.Jewish life around the Hackescher Markt
In the following years, the area experienced an influx of Jewish and French immigrants. The first synagogue was built and the Jewish cemetery on Grosse Hamburger Straße was built. The synagogue still standing today in Oranienburger Straße was built in 1866. "Source & further information: berlin.de/sehenswuerdigkeiten/3560128-3558930-hackesche-hoefe.html
February 20, 2018
"Opening of Hackesche Höfe 1906
Directly opposite the Hackescher Markt in 1906 the Hackesche Höfe were opened after several years of construction. The eight-court complex was designed and built by the architect Kurt Berndt as Germany's largest residential and commercial property. The idea behind the architecture of the Hackesche Höfe was the close interlocking of the functions of the courtyards: the buildings of the first court were used only culturally, the following commercial and in the other courts were intended only rental apartments. August Endell designed the first courtyard with an appealing Art Nouveau façade.The Hackesche Höfe in World War II
During the Second World War, the Hackesche Höfe were partially destroyed. After a renovation, the entire complex was listed as a historical monument in 1977. During the German division, the Hackesche Höfe became a people's property and not maintained. As a result, the facades gradually fell into disrepair. After the turn of the Hackesche Höfe 1993 were restored for 80 million marks.Today's use of Hackesche Höfe
Since then, the Hackesche Höfe belong again to the sights of Berlin. The inhabited courtyards are closed every evening, while the front courtyards remain open with their diverse users. In addition to many offices, the farms are home to numerous small shops, restaurants, a cinema and a vaudeville. "Source & more info: berlin.de/sehenswuerdigkeiten/3560128-3558930-hackesche-hoefe.html
February 20, 2018
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