Escape the city and visit the beautiful Spandau Citadel
At the edge of the city, Spandau sits in the former West side of Berlin. Formerly an independent city, Spandau boasts a charming old town, a beautiful church and Rathaus (town hall), and perhaps most famously its citadel.
A short walk from the Zitadelle U-Bahn, Spandau Citadel was first built in the 12th century to defend the medieval city. The current structure was built in the late 16th century, and the site was used for military purposes up until the 1950s. After the battle of Berlin, it changed hands from Nazi to Soviet forces, and was eventually occupied by British forces during the years of the Allied Sectors.
Each era of the Citadel's history has left its mark on the place, and this is most evident when walking around the main courtyard. During your trip, you'll see remnants of the British barracks, a medieval tower, and renaissance era walls to name a few.
Spandau Citadel is a wonderful historical site, and a great excuse to escape the city centre for a day. It's also great for families or those who want a more calm and subdued day out. The staff are friendly, the views from the tower are beautiful, and the citadel provides an amazing insight into Berlin's history.