A buddhist temple in Spandau

The Linh Thuu Pagoda, Berlin

Spandau: it's that district at the end of the U7 line where you'll find a pretty little old town and an imposing fortified citadel. Not to mention a gorgeous buddhist temple nestled on the edge of an industrial estate.

The Linh Thuu Pagoda was built by Berlin's Vietnamese buddhist community, and besides being a place of worship, provides an exotic oasis in a rather dreary street.

The Linh Thuu Pagoda, Berlin's most beautiful buddhist temple

Constructed in traditional style, the elaborate walled pagoda is surrounded by an oriental sculpture garden designed to aid contemplation.

The Linh Thuu Pagoda and oriental garden, Spandau, Berlin
The Linh Thuu Pagoda, Spandau

A staircase flanked with carved dragons leads into the temple itself, where a heady smell of incense hangs in the air and huge golden Buddhas gleam in the soft light.

Buddhist temple The Linh Thuu Pagoda, Spandau, Berlin

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You'll need to remove your shoes before entering, but the marble floors are heated in winter - this is one of Berlin's newest places of worship as well as one of its most beautiful.

In fact, a visit to the Linh Thuu is just like taking a tiny trip to the Far East, and certainly worth considering if you happen to be in Berlin's far(ish) west.

You might even have passed by before without knowing - IKEA, that other temple of cheap, cheerful homeware, is literally just down the road.

See also:
Tea in a Chinese pavilion
A Hindu temple
Kantstrasse's best oriental eats
See the world without leaving Berlin
An incredible trio of churches

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Linh Thuu Pagoda: Heidereuterstra├če 30, 13597 Berlin.

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