The following should provide a brief overview of the history of Charité.
For a more detailed account of our history, please consult the relevant pages that have been provided for the different campuses.
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.