House of World Cultures

House of World Cultures in Berlin
House of World Cultures in Berlin cc licensed photo by Ansgar Koreng

The House of World Cultures (Haus der Kulturen der Welt in German) is a world-class center for arts and culture. Boasting a visionary design appealing to anyone fond of unique architecture, it lies on the bank of the Spree River in Tiergarten Park. It is within walking distance of the Brandenburg Gate

The HKW serves as a venue to various arts from around the world. Events include the performing arts (music, theatre, dance), Literature, Readings, Education, Exhibitions and more.

During summer an open-air show called Wassermusik offers the audience a journey through music from around the world.

On the terrace one can experience unique concerts, films, and documentaries with the Spree River as a backdrop.

Visit the official website linked below to see the program calendar.

History

Designed and erected as a gift to West Berlin by America in 1957, the complex was an emblem of good will and part of an architectural exhibition.

Originally called Kongresshalle (Congress Hall), the HKW is an iconic and prominent Berlin landmark, distinguished for its Oyster shaped roof.

Tragically, the engineering did not live up to the exceptional design concept. In 1980 the roof collapsed resulting in one fatality and multiple injuries.

The roof was rebuilt seven years later in time for Berlin’s 750th anniversary. At the same time, they built a bell tower housing 68 bells next to the hall - the largest carillon in the world.

Two years afterward the building began its present-day role as the HDK (Haus der Kulturen der Welt).

Dining

At the HKW, the Auster restaurant serves delicious seafood and traditional fare with an enjoyable view of the Spree.

Parking is almost non-existent, so it’s best to arrive by bus or boat. This is the only venue in Berlin with a riverboat station.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Fee: You can view the outside of this iconic building for free. Admission to events varies. See the official website for more information.

COVID-19 Advisory

Many indoor and even some outdoor tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the Global COVID-19 pandemic. If the hours of operation are shown below, they may not reflect these closures. Please verify hours with any attraction before visiting.

We believe the measures being taken are absolutely neccessary to preserve lives and we pray for everyone and their families as the world works together to get through this crisis.

Open Now

Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Category: Music Venues

Address: John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin
Germany

Phone: +49 30 397870

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
3.5 out of 5 3.5 Star Rating
Based on 35 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating I was here for Robert Henke's "Lumiere III" gig. The concert hall was very spacious and just right for the laser show. The building itself is an... Read More

Mohammed G. May-25-2017

5 Star Rating It's my favorite building in Berlin. They organize a lot of festivals and other cultural events, many of which are related to Latin America (e.g. the... Read More

Maria G. Jul-23-2014

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Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn or MetroTram Line(s): U55, S1, S2, S25, S26
Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn or MetroTram Station(s): U-Bundestag, S Brandenburger Tor

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View of the House of World Cultures in Berlin taken from the River Spree

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