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Hotel Adlon Kempinski

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    Exterior view of the traditional Hotel Adlon Kempinski at the Brandenburg Gate.

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    Exterior view of the traditional Hotel Adlon Kempinski at the Brandenburg Gate.

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    A passerby cycles past the Hotel Adlon Kempinski in the evening.

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    Passers-by walk on the square in front of the Hotel Adlon Kempinski at the Brandenburg Gate.

Located right next to the Brandenburg Gate, the Hotel Adlon Kempinski is one of the most luxurious hotels in Germany. The hotel building was architecturally controversial for a long time.

Hardly any other building was as controversial in the 1990s as the Hotel Adlon on Pariser Platz, whose conservative appearance was seen by many critics as a portent of a new traditionalism in Berlin architecture. Contrary to appearances, the resurrected Hotel Adlon is not a faithful replica of the original, but a new creation that is only inspired by the historical model and, upon closer inspection, is clearly recognizable as an entirely new building.

History of the Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Since its opening in 1907, tThe old Hotel Adlon, which had replaced Schinkel's Palais Redern, was considered the most noble of Berlin's hotels. A few days after the end of World War II, the hotel building burned down completely. The remaining undestroyed wing was demolished in 1961. The Adlon quickly became a fixture in the plans for the reconstruction of Pariser Platz. The client, a Cologne real estate fund, knew exactly what he wanted: to tie in with the old splendor and restore the building as faithfully as possible to the original, but at the same time to make the best possible economic use of the site. Finally, a compromise was found: The new Adlon is one story higher than the old one, the floors are lower, the individual forms were simplified and adapted to the budget.


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Unter den Linden 77
10117 Berlin
+49 (0)30 22610
Architectural Style
Rüdiger Patzschke and Rainer-Michael Klotz

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Last edited: 25 August 2023