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New stables
View of the facade on Schloßplatz

View of the facade on Schloßplatz

place Berlin center
architect Ernst von Ihne
Client Wilhelm II.
Architectural style Neo-baroque
Construction year 1896-1901
height 23 m
Triangular gable, parapet figures and wall fountain removed after 1950

The New Marstall is a monument at Schloßplatz 7 in Berlin 's Mitte district . Built in the years 1896–1901 by Ernst von Ihne in neo -baroque style , it was damaged in World War II and rebuilt in a simplified manner in the GDR era. The New Marstall is currently home to the “Hanns Eisler” Berlin University of Music , the Berlin City Library and the Association for the History of Berlin .


View from Schloßplatz in 1906, with the original location of the Neptune Fountain and the original facade of the New Marstall.

The royal stables housed the 300 horses as well as the carriages and sleighs of the imperial court . It was built as an extension of the Old Marstall from 1669 in the Breite Straße under the overbuilding of some town houses on the Schloßplatz. The four-storey building contained a two-story horse stable and a hall with historic or still-used vehicles that was open to the public.

Ernst von Ihne's sandstone facade , completed in 1901 , was based on older plans by Jean de Bodt and Jean Baptiste Broebes and referred to the proportions of the opposite wing of the palace by Andreas Schlueter . He combined the lower two floors into a rusticated base, the upper two floors into a colossal order . The rich sculptural jewelry, of which the horse tamers and the gable relief on the Spree side are still preserved, comes from Otto Lessing . During the November Revolution of 1918, the People's Navy Division was housed in the building , and from 1920 the Berlin City Library . For this purpose, the old horse stables on the Spree side were converted into book magazines.

After damage in the Second World War, the complex was rebuilt with a greatly simplified exterior, whereby the west facade on Breiten Straße was extended by two window axes in 1952, but in the case of the east facade on the Spree , the triangular gables and parapet figures of the corner projections were removed. The main facade of the Marx-Engels-Platz , which was created by the demolition of the castle, also lost its original appearance. Here the triangular gable of the central risalit, all the attic figures and the two wall fountains " Prometheus with the Oceanids " and " Perseus and Andromeda " by Otto Lessing were removed . Since 1988, two bronze reliefs by Gerhard Rommel dedicated to Karl Marx and Karl Liebknecht have been in their place . The facade was last renovated in 2007-2008.

Until the fall of the Berlin Wall, the GDR Academy of Arts used the building as an exhibition space. The Neue Marstall is currently used by the Hanns Eisler University of Music , the Berlin City Library and the Association for the History of Berlin .

Picture gallery

See also


  • Markus Sebastian Braun (Editor): Berlin - The Architecture Guide . Econ Ullstein List publishing group, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-88679-355-9 , p. 81.
  • Oliver Sander: Ernst von Ihne (1847–1917) and his Berlin buildings. In: Jahrbuch Preußischer Kulturbesitz 1998, Volume 35. Gebr. Mann Verlag, Berlin 1999.

Web links

Commons : Neuer Marstall (Berlin)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Baedekers Northeast Germany with Denmark . Leipzig 1914, p. 12; The holdings of the Car Museum came to Monbijou Castle in 1920 and have been on display in Paretz Castle since 2006 (after losses during the war) , information from the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation of Berlin-Brandenburg on Paretz Castle Remise .
  2. Oliver Sander: Ernst von Ihne (1847–1917) and his Berlin buildings . In: Yearbook Prussian Cultural Heritage. Vol. XXXV . Gebr. Mann, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-7861-2312-8 , pp. 95-139, here pp. 103 f.
  4. locations . February 28, 2018 ( [accessed October 3, 2018]).
  5. Locations and opening times - Central and State Library Berlin. Retrieved October 3, 2018 .
  6. Contact - The History of Berlin - Association for the History of Berlin eV - founded in 1865. Accessed on June 14, 2019 .

Coordinates: 52 ° 30 ′ 59 ″  N , 13 ° 24 ′ 15 ″  E