"Wandering The City #2 - The Tempodrom" Walking Tip by johngayton

Walking, Berlin: 32 reviews and 87 photos

  Interesting Building
by johngayton

This is a modern building with already a bit of history. It seems that in 1980 a local nurse, Irene Moessinger, came into an inheritance and spent it realising her dream to be a circus owner. She had a Big Top erected on this site in the park between Mockenbrucke and Anhalter Bahnhof along with the other circusy bits.

Unfortunately by 1981 the circus was bankrupt but the local authorities took it over and in 1985 moved it to the vicinity of the zoo.

Undetterred Moessinger had a second attempt and in 2001 the present building was completed, this time a more substantial concrete affair, but still designed as a circus tent. As with her first attempt this too was a financial disaster commencing with the building costs overunning by 100% and finally went into liquidation in 2005.

The building itself is interesting architecturally in that it was designed as a "quick change" venue and the main arena is capable of being quickly adapted for different types of event. The flooring has anchor points for circus equipment such as trapezes whilst the suspended sound-absorbing ceiling can be raised and lowered to suit the required acoustics of different types of concert. The stage too is designed to be flexible and the auditorium itself can be used as a conference space.

Early in 2010 the Bremer Media Group took over the running of the building and have quickly established it as one of Berlin's mainstream concert venues offering such big name gigs as Status Quo and Steve Winwood as well as more locally-noted performers.

Address: Anhalter Banhof
Directions: In the park across from the S-bahn station.
Website: http://www.tempodrom.de

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 5, 2010
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