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Q: German Hotels pre-war ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: German Hotels pre-war
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: lily351-ga
List Price: $12.00
Posted: 14 Aug 2006 11:43 PDT
Expires: 13 Sep 2006 11:43 PDT
Question ID: 755898
what happened to Hotel Bristol, Berlin. It was a premier hotel prior
to the war, I would like to find its history up till 1944.

Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 14 Aug 2006 12:43 PDT
What amount of information do you desire? So far, I have found out
when the hotel was built, its exact address (including a change due to
re-numbering of the street), the year it was destroyed in the war, and
what became of the remains aferwards.

Subject: Re: German Hotels pre-war
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 15 Aug 2006 09:59 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Dear lily351,

I did my best to collect as much information as possible about the
Hotel Bristol in Berlin. Here is what I found out about its history to
its destruction, including a vintage photograph. I hope that this will
be useful for you:

The Hotel Bristol was built in 1890/91 for owner Conrad Uhl
(1854-1921) after plans by architect Gustav Georg Carl Gause
(1851-1907) who was responsible for several prestigeous structures in
Berlin, including the legendary Hotel Adlon seventeen years later. For
about 10 years, the Bristol was considered the leading hotel in
Berlin, and even after that time it remained one of the most reputable

The address of the Bristol was Unter den Linden 5-6, near Brandenburg
Gate, between the Russian Embassy and the Ministry of Culture. In
1936/37, the numbering scheme of the famous boulevard was changed;
from then on, the Bristol's address was Unter den Linden 65.

On 30 September 1897, the very first German automobile exhibition took
place in the Bristol. Cars by Carl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler and
Friedrich Lutzmann were presented to the public.

During the First World War, Berlin Police President Traugott Achatz
von Jagow tried to achieve that all English words be eliminated from
German businesses' names. Although the name of the Bristol was
connected with its good reputation, the Hotel became the "Conrad Uhl",
after its owner, for some years.

For the postwar years of the 1920s and 1930s, the character of the
Bristol was described as follows:
"The Hotel Bristol was not furnished as opulently as the Hotel Adlon.
Prince Bülow had an apartment on the first floor whenever he came to
Berlin from the Villa Malta in Rome. Prince Fugger stayed here, the
Hohenlohe family, director-general Porsche, privy councillor von Opel,
the Czar of Bulgaria when he left his exile in Coburg, but also many
artists. The Bristol was the only big hotel in Berlin with no dancing
in the afternoons. It was the most busy about lunchtime, in the
dining-halls, where many important business artistic contracts have
been signed at the tables." [1]

During the 1920s, author Vicki Baum (1888-1960) worked incognito as a
chambermaid in the Bristol to collect impressions for her famous novel
"People at a Hotel" (1929).

On 1 August 1931, Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw took residence
in the Bristol when he visited Berlin.

On 22 November 1943, the Bristol was destroyed in an air raid, with
200 casualties, together with numerous other hotels in Berlin.

After World War II, the Bristol was not rebuilt. In 1949, the Soviet
Union claimed the lot Unter den Linden 65 for building their huge new
embassy in the East German capital. The location of the former Hotel
Bristol is today part of the area of the Russian Embassy.

Please follow this link to see what the Hotel Bristol looked like:


[1] Egon Jameson: Berlin so wie es war. Droste Verlag, 1969

Berliner Bezirkslexikon: Gustav Georg Carl Gause

Berlinische Monatsschrift: Berichte und Rezensionen

Der Tagesspiegel: Die Nacht, in der die Uhr stehen blieb

Berlin-Chronik: Berlin am 1. August

Old and Sold Antiques Digest: German People In War

The Great War in a Different Light: Germany in War-Time

Friedrich Lutzmann - ein Pionier des Automobilbaus

Volldampf voraus (Article from Der Standard, 20 September 1999)

Request for Answer Clarification by lily351-ga on 21 Sep 2006 10:41 PDT
Apologies fo the delay but your answer had not been relayed to me, and
only today after asking Google have I seen your reply. What I wanted
to find out is if the Hotel survived the war intact, and if there was
a site that I could review any prewar history. Very many thanks.
Peter Harris.
lily351-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: German Hotels pre-war
From: politicalguru-ga on 14 Aug 2006 15:17 PDT
I have found the same information (probably) found by Scriptor, along
with a few mentionings of people who used to stay there (G.B. Shaw,
for example) and such anecdotes. According to one of the sources,
there is supposed to be a memorial shield on the building. I don't
remember one (though, this building is not something I usually stop
too lengthy next to, of security reasons). If I'll be there tomorrow,
I promise to have a look.
Subject: Re: German Hotels pre-war
From: fp-ga on 15 Aug 2006 13:07 PDT
I would like to add the following link (presumably rather helpful
should similar questions be asked):

"Berlin Directory for the years 1799 to 1943"

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