<p>Exterior view of KW</p>

Exterior view of KW


Welcome to KW Institute for Contemporary Art!


KW is located in a former margarine factory in Auguststraße, Berlin-Mitte. The building, which is designed as a four-sided courtyard, is protected as a historic monument and therefore only partially accessible for visitors with limited mobility. The exhibitions are accessible via a goods lift. However, the lift cannot be operated independently for legal reasons. Our staff will assist you with this.

We would like to make the visit as smooth and barrier-free as possible for all visitors. To plan your visit with us, please write an email a week in advance to your visit to: or contact our staff via telephone: +49 30 243459-132.


Spontaneous visits are also possible, but we must ask you to expect waiting times of up to 30 minutes in this case.
You are welcome to take a seat in Café Bravo or in the inner courtyard, where seating is available.


<p>Entrance gate and passage to the inner courtyard of KW</p>

Entrance gate and passage to the inner courtyard of KW




KW is located in Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin.


Arrival by public transport



S1, S2, S 25, S26 S Oranienburger Tor
approx. 200 m distance

The station provides an elevator in the direction of Tucholskystraße.



U6 Oranienburger Tor
approx. 600 m distance

U8 Rosenthaler Platz
approx. 750 m distance

Both stations provide elevators.


You can check your barrier-free journey individually on the website of the BVG.



Unfortunately, there are no free parking spaces in the immediate area. It is possible to stop briefly in front of the main entrance of KW for (re-)entry and exit into the car.
There is a parking space for people with disabilities directly in front of the KW next to the bicycle stands. You can park here during our opening hours and with the relevant identification.


<p>Entrance gate to KW with parking for people with disabilities (arrow) and parking times</p>

Entrance gate to KW with parking for people with disabilities (arrow) and parking times


Entrance to KW’s courtyard

The main access via Auguststraße is 247 cm wide and without stairs. A concrete path leads through the entrance gate into KW’s inner courtyard. The inner courtyard of KW is paved with cobblestones.


<p>Inner courtyard of KW</p>

Inner courtyard of KW


Access to the exhibition and event rooms

Access to the exhibition rooms as well as to the Pogo Bar in the basement is possible via a goods lift. Unfortunately, the lift can only be used with a key and together with one of our staff members. To avoid waiting times, please get in touch with us one week before your visit via
The lift is located in the courtyard behind Café Bravo on the left-hand side.

KW Studio in the front building is not barrier-free. A staircase with 15 steps and railings leads up to the studio.


Barrier-free Toilet 

A barrier-free restroom is located on the 4th floor and is accessible via the elevator behind Café Bravo. Please get in touch with our employees for using the elevator.


<p>Access to the staircase to the toilet rooms, elevator for barrier-free use on the right</p>

Access to the staircase to the toilet rooms, elevator for barrier-free use on the right


Café Bravo

The path to Café Bravo is paved with cobblestones. The entrance to the café is at ground level through a glass door. Currently, this can only be operated manually. If needed, on-site staff will assist with opening the door.


<p>Access to Café Bravo</p>

Access to Café Bravo


Access to the ticket counter and bookstore

Access to KW’s ticket counter is located in the rear area of the courtyard on the right side and is two steps above the ground (step height each 18 cm). A ramp suitable for wheelchairs as well as assistance can be provided by the counter staff.


<p>Entrance to the ticket counter and bookstore, under the KW sign</p>

Entrance to the ticket counter and bookstore, under the KW sign


Price policy and accompanying persons

Upon the presentation of an official certificate, severely disabled persons will obtain the reduced admission of 6 € and free entry for accompanying persons. Assistance dogs are allowed in the entire exhibition area.



In the area of the ticket counter, there is a ground-level entrance (width: 100 cm) to the checkroom. It has lockers that can be used against a deposit (1 € coin). There is also a free, unlocked checkroom. We would like to point out that KW does not assume any liability for checkrooms.


Seating and wheelchairs

In the inner courtyard, Café Bravo is providing seating. If required, we can provide mobile stools and a foldable wheelchair, both free of charge. Please contact the counter staff on-site or reserve in advance by phone via 030/24 34 59-0.



Unfortunately, prams cannot be brought into the exhibition rooms. However, they can be parked on the ground floor near the ticket office. Please talk to our staff at the counter if required.


Changing table

A changing table is located in the barrier-free toilet on the 4th floor. If you need the elevator, please get in touch with our staff at the counter.


Exhibition texts in plain language

The texts for our exhibitions are also available in plain language. Please find them linked on the respective exhibition pages, and on KW’s main page under “plain language”. In addition, the exhibition texts in plain language are available as printouts in the exhibitions.


Support by KW staff

If you are planning to visit us unaccompanied, we are happy to offer you support. Please send us an email about a week before your visit to:

If you decide to come spontaneously and need assistance, you will find a bell at the main entrance of KW (on the right below the bell sign), which is connected to the ticket counter. Please use it and a KW staff member will assist you with access to the KW courtyard and Café Bravo. Please note that there may be waiting times without prior registration.


<p>KW entrance gate with bell (circle)</p>

KW entrance gate with bell (circle)