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Unique in Berlin

A horse skeleton in the hallway and a sound archive for rare dialects: The Berlin universities and Charité have some very special treasures. See the list below for some special features and oddities hidden away in Germany's capital.

Spellbinding History of Medicine

Scientists like Rudolf Virchow and Robert Koch working at Charité were instrumental in shaping modern scientific medicine. Recently they were heroes in a popular German television series telling the story of a brief period out of the 300 years-plus of history at Charité. The Berlin Museum of Medical History at Charité offers tours in German or English.
Learn more about medical history in Berlin.

View over the Berlin skyline

The Skyline cafeteria on the 21st floor of the TU high rise at Ernst-Reuter-Platz not only offers food, but a panoramic view over Berlin. At a height of almost 80 meters, it is the highest student cafeteria in the city. Not only that, it is located in a historic building: The Telefunken high rise, built in 1958-60, was once the tallest building in Berlin and is now a listed building.

A historian as a Nobel laureate in literature

Theodor Mommsen, scholar, politician, and supporter of large-scale collaborative research in ancient studies in Berlin, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1902 for his multi-volume work on Roman history.

Searching for a Second Earth

With the PLATO space telescope, scientists want to find other planets on which life is possible. Professor Heike Rauer from the Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Technische Universität Berlin heads the international consortium in charge of its construction and operation.

Driverless Minibusses on Charité Campus

Electric driverless minibuses will be used on the grounds of Charité Campus Mitte as well as on the campus of Virchow Clinic in Wedding as part of a pilot project with the BVG beginning in 2018.

Greenhouse on the Roof

The Institute of Biology on the north campus of Humboldt-Universität converted its unused attic to a greenhouse.

Sweating for Science

In the Sports Research Gym on Campus North at Humboldt-Universität, advanced camera systems help to analyze movement or game sequences.

Images from Nanotechnology

A new, extremely powerful electron microscope at Freie Universität makes tiny molecule complexes and viral particles crystal clear.

Fashion Made of Algae

Students at Technische Universität Berlin designed clothing from alternative fibers and will later take the idea of sustainability into the classroom.

Curiosity Cabinets of Research History

The 45 collections at Humboldt-Universität include the Zoological Collection with more than 30,000 specimens and skeletons.

Part of the Cityscape

The “Pink Tube” at Technische Universität Berlin is a protected monument. At a length of 120 meters, it is the world's largest water circulation tank, and it houses several experimental facilities.

Laboratory and Theater

Built in 1790, the Veterinary Anatomy Theatre (Tieranatomisches Theater) on Campus North of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is the oldest still existing academic building in Berlin.

Noah's Ark for Plants

Seeds from wild plants are stored in the seed bank or gene bank of the Botanic Garden Berlin-Dahlem.

The Special Acoustic Memory

The unique acoustic collection of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin contains thousands of recordings, including recordings of rare languages, dialects, or animal voices.

Queen's Lecture

The lecture series "Queen's Lecture" was a gift from the British to the city of Berlin on the occasion of the visit of Queen Elizabeth II on May 27, 1965, in Berlin.

Tracing Lost Art

In a unique collaboration researchers at Freie Universität and the heirs of Rudolf Mosse are working together to track down the missing art work of the Jewish publisher.

Doctor's Visit for Teddy Bears

In the teddy bear hospital of Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, children can have their cuddly animals examined by medical students.

Berlin's Brewers

At Technische Universität Berlin students can specialize in a popular branch of food technology: brewing and beverage technology.

Noble Musician

Gerhard Ertl, the Nobel laureate in chemistry in 2007 and a catalyst expert, enjoys playing the piano as a balance to his scientific work.

Adopt a Vortex

Through the Institute for Meteorology of Freie Universität, everyone can become a weather sponsor and name high and low pressure systems.

Seminar in the Stables

In the Equine Center of Freie Universität, students of equine science learn how to deal with sick horses.

The Smallest Light Source in the World

Physicists led by Professor Oliver Benson designed the smallest fiber-coupled light source in the world.

The Favorite Horse of Friedrich II

The skeleton of Condé, the king's favorite horse, is in the Institute of Veterinary Anatomy of Freie Universität.

University for Children at Charité

In a series of lectures for children aged 8 to 12, experts at Charité teach young people how life develps and functions.

From Julius Caesar to Mark Aurel

The Cast Collection of Ancient Sculptures of Freie Universität Berlin contains about 2100 casts of Greek and Roman sculptures, including the Roman emperors.

Remnants of Aviation History

In the large wind tunnel on the Adlershof campus of Humboldt-Universität, experiments were conducted in the 1930s to optimize aircraft shapes and surfaces.

Dancing to a Different Drummer

Gabriele Brandstetter at Freie Universität is Germany's first and so far only professor of dance studies.