Nollendorfplatz - anything but squareWhen darkness falls on Nollendorfplatz, the lights go on around the square and the night envelops the high-rise buildings, life begins here. That is the way it is today, that is how it was in the past.
That is how it was as early as the 1930s, when the square was one of the artistic centre in the west of Berlin. The distinguished dramatist Erwin Piscator directed at the theatre that is now called the "Metropol" various painters, including Max Beckmann, lived in the surrounding streets and captured the square and its atmosphere on canvas. Nollendorfplatz exuded an almost Parisian charm, with the iron and glass dome over the elevated railway evocative of Eiffel´s works in the French capital. The dome was destroyed during the war but restored in 2002 - without the glass. This construction by the Berlin underground company now dominates the centre of the square. Nollendorfplatz was almost completely destroyed during World War II but, following its reconstruction, became as popular as ever before.
Today the image of Nollendorfplatz is shaped by the Hartnackschule, which has been located in No.5 Motzstraße in Schöneberg since 1945.
Nollendorfplatz is cherished not only by the multicultural student base of the well-known Berlin institute of languages but also by native Berliners and visitors to the city alike, especially because of the many bars and cafes around Nollendorfplatz and on Motzstraße.
Whatever your motivation in visiting Nollendorfplatz might be, whether you are interested in the architecture or would simply like to relax in one of the cafes, you should stop by the multicultural meeting place in the city centre, the