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Claerchen's Ballhaus

Auguststr. 24, 10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 2829295
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On September 13th 1913 Fritz Bühler opened the dance hall “Bühlers Ballhaus” (Bühler’s Ball- room) in the backyard of another building. It became known as “Clärchens Ballhaus” after Bühler was killed in WWI and his widow, Clara, took over the business. When exactly the fabled buildings were erected no one knows – official records were lost during WWII. It could be that they were commissioned by Kaiser Wilhelm II’s butler. But that might be just one of the many legends that surround the house, its inhabitants, and its patrons. Clärchens Ballhaus is, as it were, a kind of story machine, a site of conjecture. The German illustrator and photographer Heinrich Zille had his regular place at the bar, where he used to sit and draw. And Otto Dix painted the poster in 1931, which is still used today. Until the 1940s there were two halls: While the crowds swayed along to the popular ballads of the time in the great ballroom on the ground floor, the dignified ladies and gentlemen of the Spandauer Vorstadt would dance with aristocratic pomp in the mirrored ballroom upstairs. There was also a bowling alley in the cellar. After WWII the mirrored ballroom remained closed, and the bowling alley was used to store coal. The front building was so badly damaged by bombing that it had to be torn down. This made the entrance to the Ballhaus visible from the street - and it looks much the same today. The dancing started up again in the ground floor ballroom – Clärchens defined nightlife in Berlin Mitte for more than 100 years. In January 2005 the previously low rent was raised to meet Berlin Mitte standards, and the Ballhaus changed hands. The new operators have left its interior largely untouched. In 2005 the mirrored ballroom opened for the public for the first time since WWII.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Auguststr. 24, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Mitte
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was recommended as somewhere to eat with the locals and so it was. A pleasant evening in amongst trees and bushes, with a very nice waiter who forgot something, but we didn't care because he was nice. We sat outside which used to be...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice garden but the service just destroys any enjoyment of being here. I’ve been many time over last few years and it never gets any better. Arrogant, rude, ignorant staff. Won’t be returning.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service was terrible. The waiter was disrespectful and tried to imposed us the amount of the tips... miserable. However the place is good with nice music during the night.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice food (and pizza!) and lovely atmosphere! After one or two beers we joined the rest on the dancefloor. If you have the chance walk upstairs and have a peek into the old-style ballroom. Highly recommended!

Thank giuliatanteri
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is nice to see, good atmosphere for dancing, nice beer garden, food is okay, however the way the staff treat people is unacceptable and can really ruin your night. We went with my family for dinner. Everything went okay until came the time...More

1  Thank Marg0t68
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Reviewed 13 July 2018

Nice food but a very unpleasant waiter who really needs to be let go, no idea, rude and confrontational. Saying this after this rather silly incident, we have a very nice girl who waited on our table Excellent food, not ambitious but solid and good.

1  Thank Daviduzbek
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

Clarchens is awesome in that it is a beautiful setting and is an old building in Berlin, which is really hard to find there. The courtyard out front and out back are both gorgeous. The food is pretty good too! It's typical German food, but...More

3  Thank MWChi2018
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

As I now read in some of the previous reviews I can agree on that the waitors, guards and even the head waitor had some serious bad attitudes and issues. They yelled at eachother, served people wrong plates and orders and had the worst attitude...More

2  Thank Amanda J
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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

We checked this places rating and saw some good revews went in and was not at all what we expected! Service slow not knowing the table numbers apparently when you order a pizza it comes from a different kitchen one waiter rudely poitent out. We...More

2  Thank De3saster
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Reviewed 7 June 2018

Found this place trying to look for another restaurant. We passed by the gardens that lead into the restaurant and then turned around and came back -- best decision we made that evening. Upon entering, the room is lit up with disco lights and upbeat...More

Thank Noah H
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Mitte
The centre of Berlin, Mitte is most famous for sights
like the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Museum
Island. The central location makes this one of the
city's most expensive places to live. It is here the
oldest traces of the city can be found, and evidence
of some significant transformations, as well. The
gangsters that once ruled the impoverished streets
between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt have given
...More
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Simon M
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Response from Marcus K | Reviewed this property |
Based on my experience, this room is for Events and regular dancing lessons.
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Patty G
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Response from Deborah R | Reviewed this property |
We made the request in Englishh and the confirmation came back in German and English! which was comforting. I hope you have a good time. Denorah
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