Ehemalige Jüdische Mädchenschule Berlin
A largely untraditional destination, the Ehemalige Jüdische Mädchenschule Berlin has an interesting history that has allowed to become an inspiring centre for art, despite its often dark past. Built in 1835 as a school for young Jewish girls, it thrived as the best of its kind until sadly, yet predictably, it was closed in 1942, along with countless others as part of the National Socialist plan for the extermination of European Jews. With many of its students and their parents in Concentration Camps, the building became a military hospital for much of this period. Attempts to reopen the school in a broken Berlin did not succeed, but the building was happily, and finally returned to the Jewish community in 2009, whose hands it remains in.
Now, it honours the past and the creative future by combining a selection of smaller gallery spaces and eateries within its walls, transforming it into a positive, enlightening space. In the old assembly hall and two classrooms is the Michael Fuchs Gallery, displaying changing exhibitions dedicated mostly to contemporary and Modernist works. On the first floor is the CWC Gallery, dedicated to beautiful photography of all varieties, from fashion to documentary, and upstairs in yet more old classrooms and corridors is the Eigen + Art Lab, who show 2-3 month exhibitions of exciting, up and coming international artists. Between these three institutions, the Jewish community has allowed the fruition of a full, exciting, multi-faceted destination that reignites any fire dampened by the 1900s.
This crisp and elegant restaurant reinterprets the decadent 20s in a selection of finely crafted meals and over 600 wines. Treat yourself to gastronomic luxury in the form of veal and wild duck, and be sure to do so on the beautiful outdoor terrance, perfect for a sumptuous summer afternoon.
A more relaxed, deli style dining option, Mogg and Melzer brings New York City food culture to Berlin in the shape of beautiful homemade sandwiches and meat delicacies, and a great matseball soup. The decor is full of dark woods and metals, with great design classics and fabrics by Kwadrat, making it a great spot for quiet reflection.
+49 30 33006070
Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 18.00
S-Bahnhof Hackescher Markt
S-Bahnhof Oranienburger Straße
U-Bahnhof Rosenthaler Platz