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Claerchen's Ballhaus
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Friends who live in Berlin suggested to visit this place and I can say that the evening we spent there was lots of fun!
We booked a table in advance and went there for dinner. The food is nice and the staff is friendly. We attended a dancing class, which was also fun. After that we had drinks, joined the people on the dancefloor and spent six hours at Clärchens Ballhaus without realizing... I will definitely go again!

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Reviewed 14 April 2014

We went to the Hall of Mirrors for a candlelit classical concert on a Sunday evening. What an amazing place and experience! It was definitely a highlight of our holiday. We could really imagine what 'old' Berlin must have been like. The tickets (10 Euro) can be bought online, or in the ticket office on the ground floor. The seats are not allocated, you just find your own table, so it makes sense to go there for 6pm. They have a bar there, so you can enjoy a drink waiting for the performance. You can also nip down to see the ballroom. A really cool place!
The nearest train station is Oranienburger Strasse (S Bahn).
Also, if you like classical music, check out free lunchtime concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic. They are at 13:00, every Tuesday in the foyer. Again, it makes sense to go early (12ish) to get in. You will not get a seat unless you are disabled. Everyone else sits on the floor and stairs. A great opportunity to experience some culture for free!

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Reviewed 25 January 2014

Much fun to go to - people drink champagne and have dinner while others are dancing away. Great music, great people and a dancing atmosphere far from a disco. Any ages between 20 and 80 were seen!

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Reviewed 24 January 2014

We had the chance of enjoying a swinging Swing night at this venue dancing to vibrant live music performed by shiny, smiling and "beautiful" people. Some waiters are also as charming as if they have stepped out of a movie. The authentic Pre- World War II atmosphere makes you feel you have got into a time warp. The somewhat kitschy carnival-style decoration strangely suits the place.
I can warmly recommend Clarchen's to experience an unpretentious, down-to-earth place, enjoy good dancing, friendly ambiance and to let your hair down.

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Reviewed 6 November 2013

So it's a pizzeria and a bar and a ballroom...and why not.
The pizza's were good, not outstanding but perfectly OK. The bar was vibrant and pretty busy, and this was a Monday night. But the best thing was the dancing, it was salsa night. It started off with some teaching and then a whole bunch of people got up and it proper kicked off. Frankly brilliant. We only went in to eat and we are not exactly skilled at salsa, so we watched. Some people were great, some not, but everyone was having a load of fun, young and old, fantastic.

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