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Germany Kaufhaus (Feb. 2023)

Tomvandutch

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The department store opened on September 30, 1913.
It is the only one of its era that still exists today in its original structural form. It is considered to be the only surviving Art Nouveau department store in Germany.
The lavishly designed interior with the cantilevered stairs and the decorated glass dome particularly attracted many visitors. There are also Art Nouveau ornaments on the supporting supports. Large, ornate chandeliers hang from the ceiling.

The department store recently had a total usable area of around 10,000 square meters, half of which was sales space. The remainder was accounted for by office space (475 m²), storage space (2,750 m²) and other areas (1,160 m²).

Before the Second World War it was already acquired by Karstadt. During GDR times it was operated by HO and a Centrum department store was built there. After reunification, the Karstadt Group got the property back and then ran a department store there itself. It later became a Hertie department store through sale before it was finally closed in 2009.

After a few years of vacancy, a private investor bought the property. He originally wanted to reopen the department store after two years. Over 10 years have now passed and the opening is still a long time coming. The costs for the repair are said to be over EUR 50 million.

The department store has already been the setting for various film productions and is now a listed building.

This location can only be visited legally. It is secured by an alarm and any attempt to enter there illegally will be reported.

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