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Riehmers Hofgarten (Riehmer‘s Court)


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The Hofgarten was built by the master bricklayer Wilhelm Ferdinand August Riehmer in several stages between 1881 and 1899. With the Hofgarten, the dream of a quiet, tranquil life within the city was realized over a hundred years ago. 
Riehmer grouped eighteen 5-storey residential buildings around a planted inner courtyard, removed from traffic and noise, and reached by a private road. The street and courtyard facades were extravagantly decorated, and range from the more austere Late Classical style to the richer forms of the Renaissance, depending on the year they were built. You won’t find the notoriously dark, narrow ‘Hinterhaus’ back-sections of residential buildings here. Sometimes four or five in series, they dominated nineteenth to twentieth-century Berlin architecture. 
Wandering through the Hofgarten in the block bounded by York-, Großbeerenstraße, Hagelberger Straße and Mehringdamm, you will find the pleasantness and quiet of the courtyard space a refreshing change from the hubbub of the streets surrounding it. You can reach the Hofgarten from any of these streets apart from Mehringdamm. 
Despite having listed building status since 1953, a new building was arbitrarily added to the Hofgarten in the eighties, replacing the left wing of number 85/86 Yorkstraße, which was destroyed in the war. Unfortunately this spoils the homogeneity of the pleasant layout. 



Address: Yorkstr. 83-86, Hagelberger Str. 9 and 12, Großbeerenstr. 56-57, 10965 Berlin
Bus, Tube, Tram: U6, U7 Mehringdamm; Bus M19, 140, 248 U Mehringdamm