A magnificent hidden courtyard

One of Berlin's loveliest secret places - a Kreuzberg courtyard

It's located just minutes from Kreuzberg's famous Jewish Museum, yet we're willing to bet that few of Berlin's visitors ever get to see this beautiful hidden courtyard.

The Victoria Versicherung (Victoria Insurance) building was constructed between 1893-1913 in exuberant, neo-baroque style. Although the enormous structure was badly damaged in WWII bombing, much of the richly detailed facade - and three-quarters of the impressive main courtyard - survived.

A stunning secret gem, the leafy enclave boasts its own astrological clock (now, however, sadly defunct) and a wealth of breathtakingly elaborate ornamentation.

If you happen to be nearby, it certainly merits a short detour - or even, we'd say, a visit in its own right.

Detail of the elaborate stone carving in this hidden Berlin courtyard
Secret courtyard, Berlin
This beautiful Berlin courtyard even boasts the remains of an astrological clock

See also:
A garden courtyard
Riehmer's Hofgarten
Berlin's loveliest metro line

Former Victoria Versicherung building: Lindenstra├če 20-25 10969 Berlin

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