Welcome to Gendarmenmarkt! Together with the French and German Cathedrals, the Konzerthaus Berlin is in the heart of Berlin. Let your gaze wander from the foot of the flight of steps up to Apollo, the god of fine arts, in his chariot.
After massive destruction in the Second World War, what was then the theater was rebuilt in the GDR and reopened in 1984 as a concert hall. The façade was designed in a historically correct manner and exactly according to the plans of the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel, while the interior was completely redesigned to meet the needs of a concert hall - albeit still in Schinkel's style.
A red carpet invites visitors from all over the world to climb the 29 steps of the flight of stairs. Once at the top, they enter the vestibule, the vestibule to the Great Hall.
Two large sculptures of cupids playing music on a lion and a panther frame the outside staircase.
The colonnade above the plateau of the flight of stairs shows it particularly clearly: Karl Friedrich Schinkel was strongly oriented towards the architecture of Greek antiquity.
On June 15, 2013, an "Open House Day", the new lettering "Konzerthaus Berlin" on the portico was ceremoniously unveiled.
Karl Friedrich Schinkel designed the then theater as a temple for Apollo, the god of fine arts. He is enthroned above the main front in a chariot drawn by two griffins.
The winged horse Pegasus towers over the western front facing Charlottenstrasse. The individual parts of the winged horse were made from 1 mm thick copper sheet. At that time, these parts were hoisted onto the roof of the concert hall by the largest crane in the GDR. The Pegasus was only assembled on the highest point of the house.
Figures from Greek mythology look down from the portico and the two side gables.
A winged Eros surrounded by allegories of tragedy and comedy as well as sacred snakes and swans looks out from the pediment above the central building. The Niobe group on the portico represents tragedy, the triumphal procession of Bacchus and Ariadne on the north pediment represents comedy and Eurydice's liberation from the underworld by Orpheus on the south pediment represents music. A perfect view of Berlin awaits at the highest point of the house - over Apollo's shoulder.