The Bethanien Centre for Performing Arts, located in the western town of Kreuzberg in east-central Berlin, has a long, dynamic history. In 1847 this historic location was commissioned by then King Friedrich Wilhelm IV as a deaconess institute, nurse’s training centre, and hospital. Later, by the end of the 1800s, it had collapsed into ruin only to be occupied by squatters until the hospital’s official closing in 1970. Following significant reconstruction work in 1973, and further improvements over the years that followed, Bethanien soon became one of the city’s most prominent arts, cultural, and social institutions, and remains so today.
- Admire the permanent collection of approximately 450 paintings, as well as the captivating individual works of over 20 recognized local and international artists displayed regularly at the main exhibition section of Berlin’s Bethanien Arts Centre.
- Explore the historic and well-preserved Theodor Fontane Pharmacy, where this world-renowned pharmacist trained nurses between the years of 1848 and 1849.
- Down a glass of authentic German beer or sample some local Berlin food at the 3Schwestern (3 Sisters) Café and restaurant, a popular dining hall and casino in Bethanien.
Berlin’s extensive public transportation network makes accessing Bethanien’s Kruisberg district easy. Templehof Airport is closest to this historic destination, while the main entry points to the district are the U-Bahn (Underground) train stations of Kottbusser Tor and Mehringdamm. U-Bahn and S-Bahn (Suburban) trains cover most parts of the district as well as the entirety of Berlin, as do buses, trams, and taxis. Both train systems (excluding trams) are closed for operation between the hours of 1 and 4 AM, Monday to Friday. During this period, however, night buses (identified by the letter N) traverse major city routes.
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