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.


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).


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

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

Haus der Kulturen der Welt Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM

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

Phone: 030 397870

Official Website: Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Haus der Kulturen der Welt Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Amazing venue! I was there for a Design Festival called FORWARD FESTIVAL, it was for two days (Thursday and Friday) and they use the whole venue for this festival and it was such a great atmosphere with different things to do in different places inside and outside the venue. There were Conferences and Workshops in three/four different stages, there were brand showing their products, there were also art and design exhibitions, also in the outside area there was music and food, and both days at night after all the conferences were over, there was a party with drink and DJ, so the whole festival was really cool in a really cool place!
Juan David Gonzalez - 8 months ago

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3 Star Rating Visually pleasing, but completely overpriced. I was there on a Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and just wanted to have a coffee. That wasn't possible because all the seats had to be kept free for guests who were eating something. A good place to check out, but if you are from a larger city such as London, NYC, etc. it will not impress you (and neither will the exorbitant prices).
K AZZAM - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Actually: no comment on this beautiful location with its sophisticated architecture-)) Check it out yourself 😎😎😎
tom nuyts - 4 weeks ago

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4 Star Rating Nice building built on 1956 and well kept inside and outside. It deserves to be visited also for the quietness of the restaurants in front of the river. I chose the self service area, serving a delicious pizza for euro 12.00.
Alberto Botti - a year ago

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5 Star Rating Very beautiful with an amazing surrounding. After climbing the stairs there is also a patio where you can chill, either alone or with a small group and just enjoy the Sun and the view. I went inside to an exhibition of Godard and it was really organized and they also screen a film in the cinema space upstairs for free. Amazing cultural space
Diogo Braceiro - 2 years ago

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How to get to Haus der Kulturen der Welt by U-Bahn, S-Bahn or MetroTram

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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