Episode 54: Spandau Citadel

spandau citadel roberta caldas


Am Juliusturm 64, 13599 Berlin


  • Used as a Nazi laboratory for chemical weapons
  • Hosts a bat colony with 10,000 bats

Maybe you have been to Summer concerts there. Maybe the name rings a bell. The Spandauer Zitadelle, or Spandau Citadel is a fortress in northern Berlin.

When you first look at the citadel, it might be hard to believe that a place like this belongs in Berlin, but you should know by now that anything could belong in Berlin. The citadel is from the Renaissance period and it is one of the few places that survived the Second World War.

Today, besides the music festival, you can visit the different exhibitions presented there, including a bat cave. Well, a bat cellar.There, you can visit one of the largest bat colonies in Europe.

The Spandau city museum is also there, as is the Julius Tower from which you have a super nice view. Built in the 13th century, the tower was incorporated to the fortress site in the 16th century. On its thickest part, the wall of the tower can reach up to 3,60 meters.

To know more about the history of the Spandau Citadel, check out our talk below:

Photo and episode: Roberta Caldas

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