It may seem odd promoting a Czech cultural institution in the German capital, but it’s so beautiful, and such a remarkable example of an important and prolific period of 20th century architecture, that this writer thinks it’s worth mentioning. After all, the periods and styles of architecture represented in Berlin paint a vivid picture of the city’s complex history.
It was designed by architects Věra and Vladimír Machonin and first opened in the 1970s as the Czechoslovakian Embassy in East Berlin. Since 2012 the building has served as one of 22 Czech Centres around the world, which regularly hosts art and music events promoting Czech culture, both present and past.
Located just south of the main touristy bits around Brandenburger Tor, if you’re following the classic trajectory by walking from Pariser Platz down to Checkpoint Charlie, add this to your list of places to stop by. It’s particularly nice on a sunny day when the impressive facade gleams in the light. I usually recommend this spot as a place to pass by if people are out seeing the sights anyway, but if you’re interested in this period of architecture or Czech culture, by all means go inside.