Rubensstrasse (Berlin)

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
coat of arms
Street in Berlin
Map of Rubensstrasse at the level of the Ceciliengärten
Basic data
place Berlin
District Schöneberg
Created February 17, 1911
Hist. Names Strasse 1,
Connecting roads Hauptstrasse ,
Cross streets Traegerstrasse,
Ceciliengärten ,
Vorarlberger Damm , Begasstrasse,
Places Grazer Platz
Buildings Peter Paul Rubens School ,
Nathanael Church ,
Auguste Viktoria Hospital
User groups Pedestrian traffic , bicycle traffic , car traffic , public transport
Technical specifications
Street length 1730 meters

The Rubens street is located in the Berlin district of Schoeneberg the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg . It creates a direct north-south connection between the suburbs of Friedenau and Steglitz . It is named after the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens .

The street was laid out on the site of the "Schöneberger-Friedenauer Terraingesellschaft" and was originally called Straße 1 . At the same time, other streets in the area were mostly named after painters. The northern part of Rubensstrasse between Hauptstrasse and Rembrandtstrasse was previously called Holbeinstrasse and was incorporated into Rubensstrasse on February 17, 1911.


The route from north to south is as follows:

Main street to Vorarlberger Damm

Rubensstraße begins at the suburb of Friedenau an der Hauptstraße, shortly after the S-Bahn bridge of the Ringbahn near Innsbrucker Platz (S-Bahn lines S41, S42 and S46 as well as the terminus of U-Bahn line 4 ), where it is initially laid out around 80 meters as a side street. Then it takes its actual 1.6 kilometer route in north-south direction. This is where the high-rise building, which was built in 1954 and is now a listed building, is located , which at the time was also known as the "atomic high-rise" because it was supposed to withstand a nuclear explosion . A six- to seven-storey Hertie department store designed by the architect Johann Emil Schaudt in the New Objectivity style was originally to be built around 1930 on the site of the high-rise building as a "gateway" to the newly built residential complexes on Rubensstrasse and the Cecilien Gardens . However, the construction never got beyond the planning phase.

Between the intersection of Traegerstraße (after the parliamentarian Albert Traeger ) and Baumeisterstraße (named after Reinhard Baumeister ) there is a passage to the west into the settlement of the Ceciliengärten, which was built in the 1920s and is now also listed . From the passage you can see the central square, designated as a garden monument , on which the two life-size statues of women, The Morning and The Evening by the artist Georg Kolbe, as well as a fountain fountain and the fox fountain are located.

S-Bahn underpass on Baumeisterstraße, 2008

On the opposite side of Rubensstrasse is the settlement complex designed by the architects Paul Mebes and Paul Emmerich , which was built between 1926 and 1928 and is also a listed building . The settlement is interrupted by the Otzenstraße leading to the east (named after the city planner Johannes Otzen ).

Behind the S-Bahn bridge, which was renewed in 2012 and on which the S1 line runs, as well as the Wannsee railway bridge, which is still in its old condition, and the parallel motorway bridge of the western bypass , the Vorarlberger Damm flows into Rubensstrasse. In a westerly direction, you can take Rembrandtstrasse (named after Rembrandt van Rijn ) to reach the Friedenau S-Bahn station , which is around 250 meters away and has no direct access to Rubensstrasse.

Vorarlberger Damm to Grazer Platz

The streets from here bear the names of well-known artists, which is why this area is also known as the “Malerviertel” or “Dürerkiez”. Sometimes this area is assigned to the district of Friedenau, although it is officially located on Schöneberger premises. The residential complexes built there in the first third of the 20th century were called Neu-Friedenau at the time .

Between the intersection of Rubensstrasse with Vorarlberger Damm and Grazer Platz , at the level of Begasstrasse (named after the sculptor Reinhold Begas ), the buildings and facilities are to the east on Rubensstrasse

  • the Uckermark School (formerly: Helmholtz Realgymnasium),
  • the Prignitz School as well
  • the Barnim School.

The then Uckermark and Barnim schools were combined as elementary schools with the remaining buildings (Rubensstrasse 63 and Grazer Platz 1–3) to form the Peter Paul Rubens School (since 2015: Friedenauer Community School).

Herta Müller , who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009, lives near Rubensstrasse in Menzelstrasse .

Grazer Platz to Thorwaldsenstraße

At Grazer Platz , Beckerstrasse (named after the painter Karl Becker ) joins Rubensstrasse at right angles. The Nathanael Church , built in 1902 and 1903 according to a design by Jürgen Kröger, stands on the square . Further south, at the level of Peter-Vischer-Strasse (named after Peter Vischer the Elder ) and Canovastrasse, named after Antonio Canova , is the Auguste-Viktoria-Krankenhaus (AVK). Behind the hospital grounds the Rubensstraße opens at the district border of Steglitz in the Thorwaldsenstraße and ends here (namesake of the road was the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen , written with "v" instead of a "w" as misrepresented in street names).


Until May 2, 1963, tram line  66 ran through Rubensstrasse in its entire length on the Wartburgplatz (Schöneberg) - Thorwaldsenstrasse (Steglitz) route . Today the 187 bus runs in this area .


Plan of the site of the German Army, Military and Colonial Exhibition in 1907

A five-month trade exhibition took place in 1907 on the then undeveloped site between Vorarlberger Damm and Peter-Vischer-Straße, which also included today's Grazer Platz. "Wild Africa" ​​and "American amusement war games" were presented at the German Army, Military and Colonial Exhibition . At the same time, companies presented their products from military accessories as well as everyday accessories suitable for tropical and colonial times. The location was chosen because of its close proximity to the large barracks on General-Pape-Strasse and Tempelhofer Feld , where the imperial troops held their parades . The Nathanael Church, which was only three years old at the time, suddenly found itself in the immediate vicinity of the “Wild Africa” exhibition area.


  • Gudrun Blankenburg: Friedenau - artist's place and idyllic residential area. The history of a Berlin district . Frieling, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-8280-2350-9 (with register and enclosed monument map).

Web links

Commons : S  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Website of the Auguste Viktoria Hospital supposedly located in Friedenau
  2. Newspaper article about Herta Müller and the - officially not part of Friedenau - Menzelstrasse
  3. Most insist on being Friedenauer . In: Berliner Zeitung , July 8, 1996, on the 125th anniversary of Friedenau

Coordinates: 52 ° 28 ′ 10 ″  N , 13 ° 20 ′ 38 ″  E