Bike Touring Highlight
Origin of the Electrical Power and Engineering Industries: The electrical engineering company founded by Emil Rathenau, Allgemeine Elektricitäts Gesellschaft (AEG), became a world leader in the industry. Its magnificent factory buildings still attest to its former glory. Trend-setting appliances and electrical parts were produced here. The facade along Ackerstraße, designed by Franz Schwechten (who also designed buildings for Kaiser Wilhelm II), features the floral ornamentation typical of historicist architecture and also a rising sun, symbolizing the great expectations for electric power. The factory was soon too small to meet the company’s needs. Thus in 1894 AEG bought a portion of the neighboring stockyard. The former AEG appliance factory now houses the Technical University of Berlin’s Institute of Food Technology.