One of the more obscure sights in Berlin's skyline, the Carillon is not just a black marble obelisk in the midst of the Tiergarten, but one of the world's largest instruments. Donated by Daimler-Benz AG, one of Germany's largest automotive manufacturers, it was presented to the city for its 750th anniversary. Daimler-Benz have a share in many global automotive brands, none more so than Mercedes-Benz, arguably one of the most well-known german brands.
The structure stands tall out of polished black stone, with an industrial feel to the interior of the tower. Long struts support the instrument and the narrow staircase reaching to the top. The sights from the top are said to be incredibly unique, alongside the brief overview of the history of the carillon instrument and the history of its use in Germany which accompanies an internal to the instrument.
How the instrument is constructed and played can be likened to a church organ, except with the user using their fists to play the main keys of the instrument, having to press hard and fast on them, and that the main part of the instrument is bells instead of pipes. World renowned Carillonneur, Jeffrey Bossin, was enlisted to design the instrument and still plays it every Sunday at 3pm for half of the year, also giving tours and information around it and carillon culture.
The plaque inside the Carillon states that it was donated by Daimler-Benz in order to reignite Berlin’s Carillon tradition. The Carillon became popularised in the mid 1600s, with many European countries adopting it as a form of church bell instrument. Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany are just a handful of the countries the developed the technology and culture of carillons. These countries are home to the most carillons in the world, Germany claiming to house around 45.
Its large structure can be seen over the vast area of the Tiergarten and heard from a similar area. Stationed next to the House of World Cultures and the German Chancellery, the Carillon is also a landmark for joggers on a route around the Tiergarten as well as tourists perusing the area.