Fichtestrasse is dominated by a colossus: Berlin's only surviving stone-built gasometer seems almost unchanged from the outside. A guided tour of the interior, however, is quickly turning into a time tunnel covering 130 years of the city's history.
The Gasometer was built in 1883/84 as a storage facility for the so-called coal gas used in street lights and ceased operations in the 1930s. At the end of 1940 it was converted into a large bunker for mothers working in sectors important to the war effort, and their children.
After the war, the bunker served as emergency shelter for refugees in transit until the 1950s and was subsequently used as a nursing home and hostel for the homeless. Later on, the Senate of West-Berlin made the gasometer a storage facility for stock emergency supplies of canned goods and sanitary products. Since 2008, the ‚Berliner Unterwelten e.V.‘ (Berlin Underworlds Association) offers guided tours of the ‚History Storehouse‘.
|Recommended duration of visit:||1,5 Hours|
|Duration of a guided Tour:||90 Minutes|
|Access for persons with disabilities:||For details see website|
January to June, September to December:
Thursday 4pm, 6pm
Saturday, Sunday 12am, 2pm
July to August:
daily 12am, 2pm, 4pm (Thursday also 6pm)