Dahlem has always been one of the most exclusive districts of Berlin. Here, villas and parks characterize the image. Dahlem is also an important science, university and museum location.
© K. Wendlandt
© K. Wendlandt
© Reinhard Görner
© Bernd Wannenmacher
© Reinhard Görner FU
© Franziska Delenk
This exclusive part of Berlin attracts not only seasoned academics and the well-to-do. Especially during the day, the many young students of the Free University are part of the cityscape.
Free University of Berlin
In Dahlem, you will find cobblestone streets lined with pine trees as well as stately villas and simple single-family houses side by side. In between are buildings from the 1960s/70s, often belonging to the Free University of Berlin. Among the best known are the so-called "Rost- und Silberlaube", a building complex designed by Norman Foster that houses the university's Philological Library, and the Henry Ford Building with the university's main auditorium.
Embassies and Museums in Dahlem
Many embassies have set up their quarters in Dahlem, especially around Podbielskiallee. The museums here are also worth a visit. The Museum of European Culturesn shows everyday culture in Europe from the 18th century to the present day. The Domäne Dahlem is a unique open-air museum of agrarian history and dietary culture. The Brücke Museum and the Kunsthaus Dahlem are dedicated to fine art. The Allied Museum recounts the history of the Cold War in Berlin.
Grunewald with Grunewald Hunting Lodge
The west of the district is occupied by a large piece of the Grunewald forest. Directly at Grunewald Lake stands the Grunewald Hunting Lodge, the city's oldest Prussian palace. It was built in the 1540s and rebuilt under Frederick I at the beginning of the 18th century. Today, the stately building is used as a museum. Paintings from the 15th to the 19th century are on display, including works by Lucas Cranach the Elder and his son. Hunting equipment is exhibited in an outbuilding.