Bike Touring Highlight
Icon of the Beer Metropolis: Brewhouse, warehouse, cooper’s workshop, horse stable, restaurant – these labels are still to be found on the various buildings of the modern production facility designed by Franz Schwechten, which around 1900 was the largest brewery in Europe. Manual laborers and office employees alike profited from the progressive social mindset of the successful owner, who set up workshops for disabled people, childcare facilities, and bath areas. The brewery was nationalized after the creation of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), and beer continued to be brewed there until 1967. Today the historic complex is animated by creative industries and a wide range of cultural offerings, including concerts, a movie theater, and a museum devoted to everyday life in the GDR. The Tourist Information Center, located in the former brewhouse, can tell you what’s going on in the KulturBrauerei, or “culture brewery.” It also offers tours.