The History

WE’VE BEEN HERE FOR YOU SINCE 1931

The early 20th century

The Wilhelminian-style building on „Schiffbauerdamm“ was constructed in the 1880s. Since that time, the noble corner house has accommodated various restaurants. Up until 1919, the inn located in the building was a popular meeting point for the shipbuilders from the neighbouring shipyards.

Though during the following years the shipyards were replaced by residential and commercial buildings. The former dining rooms became the offices of the Geneva Associaton of Swiss Merchants and a branch bank.

In the year 1931 a new owner established a high-class restaurant with the aim of „the hedonistic satisfaction of the desire for food and drink“. Searching for a proper name he chose „Ganymed“, after the cupbearer of the Greek Gods.

After World War II the building was restored by the architect Hermann Henselmann, the creator of „Stalinallee“

GDR-Era

During the division of Germany, Ganymed became a meeting point for Berlin’s „elite“. Well-known artists like Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill, or Helene Weigel met here as well as the political establishment of the GDR, or members of the Allied Armed Forces.

 

After reunification

Following the Fall of the Wall 1989 the restaurant was closed and could only be reopened in 1996 after extensive restorations.
The once pompous stucco was destroyed in World War II. Today only a mosaic with a depiction of Borussia remains of the splendor of the original facade.

Today Ganymed is operated in a french brasserie-style. In France brasseries are known as popular venues for politicians, businessmen or guests with cultural background.

In the spring of 2005 the existing rooms and the terrace in front of the Berliner Ensemble theater were added to by a beautiful sunny terrace right at the banks of the Spree river.

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The Location

RIGHT IN THE CENTRE OF BERLIN

Around Ganymed

Ganymed Brasserie is located at the Spree river right in the heart of Berlin. Whether you enjoy the impressive view to the „Fernsehturm“, or the „Reichstag“ from our Spree-terrace, or you experience the french-flair in our premium-equipped rooms: You will spend with us some unforgettable time. Due to Ganymed Brasserie’s central location the „Brandenburger Tor“, the „Museumsinsel“, the „Regierungsviertel“ or the alley „Unter den Linden“ are within an easy reach. Theatre-enthusiasts will enjoy a visit of the „Berliner Ensemble“, which is right next door to Ganymed Brasserie. As well, the „Friedrichsstadtpalast“, the „Komische Oper“ and the „Admiralspalast“ offer their exclusive shows. The brigde at „Weidendamm“ directly leads to S-Bahnhof Friedrichstraße. From there you reach the „Hackesche Markt“, the „Potsdamer Platz“, the main station, and the „Bahnhof Zoo“ in circa 15 minutes.

Boat tour on the Spree river

At the other bank of Spree river, right across from Ganymed Brasserie, you can book a boat tour with „Bruno Winkler“. A boat departs there for the one-hour-tour „Spreefahrt“ for example. The boat passes the „Museumsinsel“, the dome, the „Kanzleramt“, the main station and much more. Enjoy Berlin from a totally new perspective! Please see www.reedereiwinkler.de for more information. We expect you after your boat trip on our sunny terrace or in our dining rooms, which is only a 3-minute-walk away from the pier..

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