After the winter of 2010/2011, we were looking for a “warm-up space” for the tour guides and assistants on our Tour M (Wall Breakthroughs), which at the time was still above ground in the Bernauer Strasse area, through the former Wall strip and Strelitzer Strasse, the scene of two escape tunnels. We discovered basement premises at 141 Brunnenstrasse that were for rent and seemed suitable.
On April 1st, 2011, we had the opportunity to do a viewing with the caretaker. He did not take us to the intended premises, but instead showed us the cellar at 143 Brunnenstrasse.
We were thrilled because we hadn’t suspected - it went much deeper underground than we had thought. We entered the historic vaults of the former “Oswald-Berliner-Weizenbier-Brauerei” (Oswald Berliner Wheat Beer Brewery). Two barrel vaults were still accessible, a third vault could be guessed at but was completely filled with rubble. There was also a deep well. The cast-iron flywheel of the historic pump technology protruded from a concreted area.
After further inspection and an in-depth discussion in the “AG-Tunnelfluchten”, as well as with the committees in the association, we decided to talk to the owner of the property. As early as June 2011, a lease agreement was signed and, from July onwards, the repair and clearing work began. Once again, an incredible amount of rubble had to be removed.
You can see the current condition of the rooms in the following gallery.
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