Dear Prenzlauer Berg visitor,

Today Prenzlauer Berg belongs to the borough of Pankow and the Pankow Museum delves deeper into the history of the borough and its fourteen districts and is happy to share it with its visitors. The museum itself is located in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg, close to two of its landmarks: the water tower and the synagogue in the nearby Rykestraße.

At the water tower, summer 2015
At the water tower, summer 2015

The museum is less than twenty minutes walking distance from Mauerpark. With the help of this website you will walk past seven places of historic and cultural interest and for each of them we will tell you the story so far. Enjoy an interesting walk through the history of Prenzlauer Berg!

At the end of this tour you’ll have the possibility to visit our museum and exhibition, along with the permanent exhibition “Alternative Plan – Prenzlauer Berg Before, During and After the Fall of the Wall” exploring the significant changes in Prenzlauer Berg since the peaceful revolution of 1989/1990.

Villa Kunterbunt
Villa Kunterbunt

In July we opened our major summer exhibition “Discover Nature in Berlin – Pankow, Prenzlauer Berg and Weißensee”. We tell you about urban gardening initiatives taking place in the borough of Pankow and show you the beginnings of garden art. All the exhibitions are open everyday (except Mondays) from 10am until 6pm. Prenzlauer Berg is waiting for you and we look forward to your visit. The entry is free.

Lake "Faule See" in the inner city natural reserve
Lake "Faule See" in the inner city natural reserve


Pankow Museum

at the water tower

The route

The route is 1.5 km long and leads you to the following places of historic and cultural interest:

  • the oldest fire station in Germany
  • the public baths and swimming pool in Oderberger Straße
  • the Kulturbrauerei, once Schultheiss brewery
  • the picturesque Kollwitzplatz
  • the Judengang, the passage to the Jewish cemetery
  • the Rykestraße synagogue
  • the 1877 water tower

These introductory texts will give you an overview of the places on the route. You can find more detailed information in the exhibitions in our museum.

Let's go!

From Mauerpark go south, cross Bernauer Straße and turn slightly left into the Oderberger Straße, right in front of Mauerpark. After 150 m you will find on your left a two-storey-building with big, red gates, Prenzlauer Berg fire station (Oderberger Straße 24/25).