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Humboldt University

Explore the city center campus of this famous educational institution, which has nurtured some of the greatest minds in history.

Walk around the campus of Humboldt University, one of the most prestigious centers of learning in the city. The oldest campus is found in Mitte, though there are other more modern university sites at Campus Nord and Campus Adlershof. Immerse yourself in the academic atmosphere and admire the grand buildings and lush grounds that comprise the central campus.

Although young in comparison to the great ancient universities of Germany, Humboldt is among the oldest in Berlin, having been founded in 1810 by German scholar, philosopher and diplomat Wilhelm von Humboldt. This educational institution is still held in high regard all across Europe.

The university serves as a reminder of Germany’s intellectual legacy. As you amble around, try to recall some of the influential people who have spent time here in Humboldt. A total of 29 Nobel Prize winners have studied or worked here, among them Nobel Prize-winning physicists Max Planck and Albert Einstein.

Look for a statue of founder Wilhelm von Humboldt as you enter through the main gate. Visitors can wander around the grounds independently or sign up for a guided tour. Let an English-speaking guide lead you around the main building and central campus, as well as the other campuses, listening to interesting commentary as you stroll. Tours must be organized in advance and a fee is charged. Tours can be provided in other languages upon request; check in advance to see if the university can facilitate you.

When you need a rest, stop by one of the nearby restaurants. Many of these cater to students and as such, serve generous portions of food at affordable prices.

Humboldt’s Mitte Campus is open to the public. Print a map from the university website and use it to help you navigate. Find the entrance to Humboldt University just a few streets away from the Friedrichstrasse S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations.


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