The original Berliner 'Stadtschloss Unter den Linden'was the winter residence of the Margrave and Elector of Brandenburg and later the residence of the King of Prussia and the German Emperor.
During World War II it burned down and was replaced by the ugly
Palast der Republik of the former GDR.
During the first decad of this cebtury, the old palace was rebuilt, although the faces mostly look authentical, the structure is modern as wel as several inner and outer facades.
The rebuilt castle houses the non-European collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and the book collections of Humboldt University and the Berlin City Library, a cinema, a passage with terraces and rooms for conferences and other meetings.