Tour of the Admiralspalast
Those who attended the first Jour Fixe of the club year in October were rewarded with an utterly fascinating tour of the Admiralspalast. Frans Dikmans of Mehr-Entertainment, the Admiralspalast's landlord, provided descriptive insights into the storeys and stories of the building.
Following the discovery of a salt spring on the site in 1873, a bathing complex, the Admiralsgartenbad, was erected with funds provided by the Admiralty. By the 1930s, the building had developed into a 4-storey pleasure palace, including a ice-skating rink and male and female baths on the top floor. WWII left scarcely any traces on the building between Friedrich and Planckstraße, and accordingly, for 10 years during the GDR period, it housed the State Opera, and then, until 1989, the Metropol Theater.
Today, halls of varying size are rented out – large stage productions and private events can be catered to in suitable spaces.
Yet again, even the Berliners among the membership were amazed to discover what a jewel this city has to offer.