Spandau Citadel

Spandau Citadel
Spandau Citadel cc licensed photo by avda-foto

Take a long journey back in history with a visit to the Spandau Citadel, one of the best preserved renaissance fortresses remaining in Europe.

The history of the Citadel goes back to at least 1197, the earliest mention of Spandau Castle at the junction of the Havel and Spree rivers. In the early 13th century the Julius Tower was added to help defend the castle. Between 1559 and 1594 the four-bastioned fortress was built around the tower to defend the city of Berlin.

Zitadelle Spandau, as it is called in German, has lived through a number of conflicts over the centuries. In 1675 it was besieged by the Swedes. In 1813, seven years after being surrendered to the French under Napoleon, it was taken back by Prussian and Russian fighters, but not without considerable damage that had to be restored. Although it was used as a defense at the end of the Second World War, it escaped bombing because Soviet forces negotiated its surrender.

Visiting the Citadel is an immersive experience. Many visitors enjoy an entire day exploring the historic site.

We suggest starting with the museum as it will give you a strong point of reference for understanding and exploring the rest of the property.

If you are able, be sure to climb the 153 steps to the top of the Julius Tower for spectacular views of the fort, the river, the countryside and the city beyond. This activity is included in your admission and available during all opening hours.

Another fascinating thing to see at Spandauer Zitadelle are the bat vaults. Over 10,000 bats winter in the brick walls of the citadel every year making this one of the most important winter habitats for bats in all Europe. In early spring there are popular guided bat tours.

In more recent times, the Citadel has become a cultural and event center. Music festivals and concerts and other events are scheduled on a regular basis. Most music events are scheduled in the evenings, so they don't normally impede on the regular opening hours. Too see what's happening visit the events tab on the official website.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Zitadelle Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 1:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: Am Juliusturm 64, 13599 Berlin, Germany

Phone: 030 3549440

Official Website: Zitadelle

Zitadelle Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Well worth the 4,50€ entry, but make sure to eat properly in Spandau old town first as there's only a small cafe inside the citadel with cakes and drinks. My personal highlights inside were (A) the Julius tower with a fantastic 360° view over the surrounding area, including Spandau old tow, Teufelsberg and more, and (B) the Proviantmagazin on the east side of the citadel with a fantastic sculpture exhibition! Recommend going there in the afternoon, the sun rays fall perfectly inside 😍 Also highly recommend the green room for its audio and visual experience, as well as the dark room for the visual experience, all inside Proviantmagazin! Walking into the dark room without seeing anything at first and then experiencing the shaking floor is something else!
Daniel Hermes - a month ago

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5 Star Rating An imposing fortification with interesting architecture. It's worth a leisurely stroll if you have plenty of time in the city. Look out for events taking place there. Those with a medieval theme are a spectacle in themselves. They are very worthwhile.
Barbara Macedo - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Spandau Citadel is a captivating blend of history and architecture. The well-preserved fortress is a must-see, offering a glimpse into the past. Despite the occasional crowds, the Citadel is a fantastic destination for history enthusiasts and curious travelers. Don't forget to visit the museum and enjoy the panoramic views from the tower for an unforgettable experience.
Maksim Suvorin - 6 months ago

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4 Star Rating To see 360 degree nice view on the top of the Citadel tower. Here is also a museum where anyone can see historical stones, regular used stuff, cars, old type-writing machine and so on. The most interesting thing is that they also showed how they planned their war (showcase of battles) and some weapons. #Note: Student ticket only 2.5 euro.
tabassu - 9 months ago

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5 Star Rating The Citadel was an absolute pleasure to visit (especially when you like history) If you can close yourself of to the uninterested staff and just enjoy the atmosphere, great works of art and history this place is definitely something you should go to. For only 4.50 as an adult and 2.50 as a student you just cannot go wrong with it. The only downside was that there was not much information in English available but with your phone in hand I experienced no problems understanding things.
Marijn Pals - 4 months ago

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How to get to Zitadelle by U-Bahn

Nearest U-Bahn Line(s): U7
Nearest U-Bahn Station(s): U Zitadelle

From Zitadelle Station on the U7 line it is only a 5 minute walk west on Am Juliusturm to the entrance.

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