Below is a brief overview of the history of Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. For more information on the history of the individual campi, please see the respective websites.

  • 1710: Establishment of quarantine facilities for plague victims just outside Berlin's city limits
  • 1727: Expansion to a military hospital with educational training centre. Friedrich Wilhelm I. names the new building the "Charité"
  • 1785 – 1797: New construction on the Charité
  • 1810: Establishment of the Berlin University with medical faculty
  • 1818: Conversion of a former colour factory to the University Clinic (Universitätsklinikum) Ziegelstraße
  • 1896 – 1917: New construction of the Charité with red brick
  • 1906: Opening of the Rudolf Virchow Hospital
  • 1933 – 1945: Expulsion of Jewish researchers; destruction due to war damages
  • 1945 onward: Reconstruction of the Charité
  • 1946 – 1989: The Charité serves as the most prestigious institute of the GDR
  • 1997/1998: Merger of the medical faculty of the Humboldt Universität with the Virchow-Klinikum of the Freie Universität to form the "Universitätsklinikum Charité, Medizinische Fakultät der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin".
  • 2003: As a result of the merger of the Charité with the "Universitätsklinikum Benjamin Franklin" of the Freie Universität, the "Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin" becomes a [member corporation] of both universities and, thus, one of the largest clinics in Europe.

Charité Memorial Site


Insight into the history of medicine can be found at the Opens external link in current windowBerlin Museum of Medical History.

Guided Tours

Historic Grounds Tours and information about our memorials are given on this page.