Learn about the history of this former GDR State Council Building
Schlossplatz 1 at ESMT Berlin is located in the historic, political, and scientific heart of the city. Previously the state council building of the East German government, the building’s nearly 5,000 square meters event space now welcome meetings and events for groups of all sizes.
A unique event begins with a unique venue.
Schlossplatz 1 was erected and used as the office of the State Council of the former German Democratic Republic, and from 1999 to 2001 Chancellor Gerhard Schröder used it as the office for the chancellery. First built between 1962 and 1964 and then extensively refurbished between 2003 and 2005, the building impresses with intricately laid leather-covered wood paneling, Meissen porcelain tiles, and stained glass throughout its spacious interiors. In combination with its signature façade, Schlossplatz 1 leaves a lasting and positive impression unlike any other building in the city.
Schlossplatz 1 is home to the international business school ESMT Berlin. The building's more than 5,000 square meters of space includes lecture halls, banquet and reception areas, seminar rooms, and grounds that feature state-of-the-art audio, visual, and presentation systems. Catering services in both its on-site restaurant and café complete the impressive offering.
Event and meeting organizers as well as their guests especially enjoy its location in the heart of the city. From its floor-to-ceiling windows, guests can look upon the newly reconstructed Berlin Palace in one direction or onto the TV Tower and the Red Town Hall in another. Top hotels and many of the city’s other notable attractions are all within walking distance. Its central location is readily accessible to guests, whether arriving by plane, public transport or on foot.
“ESMT is the absolute venue of choice in Berlin. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive regarding the building, the staff, the food – the entire academic program and reception. The service at ESMT was absolutely outstanding.” — Emma van Haren, University of Oxford
- 5,000 square meters of unique atmosphere
- Extraordinary meeting rooms
- Generously spaced grounds
- High-speed WLAN
- State-of-the-art audio and presentation systems
- Comprehensive event services
You never get a second chance to make a great first impression.
Let Schlossplatz 1 impress and inspire your guests!