Hackescher Markt is found in a lively area in the heart of Berlin. Full of culture, as well as being near to the Museum Island and the historical buildings of the Scheunenviertel, this place is well and truly
a Berlin Hotspot. Around the Hackescher Markt, numerous international brands have opened their head offices and concept-stores.
In the side streets, such as the Neuen and Alten Schönhauser Straße or Münzstraße, you can find young labels and cool shops. Away from the tourist trodden streets, such as Oranienburger Straße, the
night owl can meet friends in small clubs and bars. As he explores, he comes across hip lounges and cocktail bars, and is taken by surprise by the huge culinary variety offered by Berlin restaurants. In this
very area of Berlin, you can literally feel the history on the streets, so don’t miss the opportunity to go behind the scenes and discover the rear courtyards and hidden alleyways!
The Hackescher Markt was constructed as a joint endeavour between the Berlin City Commandant Graf von Hacke and Friedrich II. In 1840 it was officially renamed as Hackescher Markt. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the place became increasingly significant for the surrounding area. After the Second World War, in the years of the GDR, the Hackescher Markt lost importance due to the building developments in the Alexanderplatz area, and it was only after reunification and the renovation of the surrounding ‘Altbau’ buildings, that the square regained its attraction.
After reunification, many artists and alternative individuals from all over the world came to settle in the side streets around the Hackescher Markt. Until roughly the mid-90s, ‘Hackesche’ was the centre of
the young Berlin subculture, with many clubs and galleries. From the end of the 90s, a change began and international fashion labels and publishers took over the streets around the square.