The 5 most secret backyards Berlin


Potsdamer Str. 98-A


+49 (0)30 2639 2975

Not only is Berlin a very green city where parks cover 30 percent of the city’s surface, but it’s also a city where one can find many courtyards. This private backyard houses the Camaro Foundation, so you might enjoy the beauty of a green backyard and attend an art exposition as well. 


Oranienburger Str. 32


+49 (0)30 3036 2580

This beautiful courtyard connects the Oranienburger Strasse with the Auguststrasse. In fact, the whole area is filled with hidden gems like this. There is of course the Hackesche Höfe, but also check the Sophie-Gips-Höfe (Sophien- strasse 21) and Kunstwerke (Auguststr. 69). 

Heckmann Höfe - © Philipp Bögle
Heckmann Höfe - © Philipp Bögle

Jewish museum

Glass courtyard

Lindenstrasse 9-14


+49 (0)30 2599 3300 

Architect Daniel Libeskind added this enclosed courtyard, surrounded by glass, to the old building of the Jewish Museum in 2007. The starting point was a design entitled Sukkah (which is Hebrew for ‘thatched booth’). In fact the roof of the new glass courtyard covers an area of 706 m2. 


AT: Gerichtstrasse 23


Mietkasernes (tenements) were built during times when the Berlin population grew strong, mostly after the German uni cation in 1871. Those big tenements were required to have courtyards large enough for a fire truck to be able to turn around, and often the buildings enclose several courtyards. In the Gerichtstrasse many of those are in their original state, and they still have that unique Berlin urban atmosphere. 

Mietkasernes in wedding - © Philipp Bögle
Mietkasernes in wedding - © Philipp Bögle


Kantstrasse 149


+49 (0)30 3100 773 

Camera Work is a big photo gallery housed in a magnificent courtyard space. Combine a visit to the Gallery with a visit to the Museum for Photography (Helmut Newton Foundation) and the C/O Berlin in the America House (Hardenbergstrasse 22). 

part of 60 places to discover the genuine Berlin

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