Within walking distance of many of Berlin’s central sights, Hackesche Höfe is a popular stop on city sightseeing or walking tours, including those focused on Jewish history and culture in Berlin. Head to Hackesche Höfe en route to nearby Alexanderplatz, home to the Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm); stop by for coffee after shopping at neighboring Hackeschen Market; or head to one of the restaurants for a post-sightseeing lunch or dinner after exploring Museum Island.
Things to Know Before You Go
Some of the courtyards are closed to the public at night.
Many of the courtyards of Hackesche Höfe are adorned with colorful graffiti art, making it a popular stop on street art tours.
The courtyards are home to the Hackesches Hof-Theater, the Chamaleon Theater, and a cinema, as well as several bars and restaurants.
Most of the shops and establishments around Hackesche Höfe are wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
Hackesche Höfe is located across from the Hackeschen Market in the Scheunenviertel (Barn District) in the Spandau section of the Mitte. The historic courtyards can be accessed through an arched main entrance located at Rosenthaler Strasse 40/41. The closest U-Bahn station is Weinmeisterstrasse (U8), and the S-Bahn station is Hackescher Markt (S3, S5, S7, and S75).
When to Get There
The courtyards are liveliest on weekends, when the shops and galleries fill up with locals, but it’s worth a stroll any day of the week. Alternatively, head there in the evening, when Hackesche Höfe becomes an atmospheric spot for a drink or dinner date.
History ofHackesche Höfe
Hackesche Höfe was designed by architect August Ende and opened in 1906 to house offices, businesses, factories, and apartments. Falling into disrepair throughout much of the 20th-century, the complex was completely renovated after the reunification of Berlin, and reopened in 1996 to become an important part of “New Berlin.”
- Museum of Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind (Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt)
- Chamäleon Theater
- Otto Weidt Museum (Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt)
- Anne Frank Centre (Anne Frank Zentrum)
- Hackescher Markt
- Old Jewish Cemetery (Alter Jüdischer Friedhof)
- Missing House
- Berlin Dungeon
- AquaDom & SEA LIFE® Berlin
- Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie)
- Pergamon Museum (Pergamonmuseum)
- DDR Museum
- Museum Island (Museumsinsel)
- New Synagogue
- Neues Museum (New Museum)