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.
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- Foyer EG
The ground floor entry area offers a warm reception for city visitors and event guests alike.
Catering services mean attendees can enjoy their meals in the in-house restaurant’s relaxed atmosphere.
Guests can enjoy snack and coffee specialties throughout the day. Outside its standard opening hours, it is suitable for smaller receptions or exclusive private dinners for up to 40 participants.
- Schloss Gracht
This room is suitable for meetings and presentations for up to 50 participants.
- Study Room 00.14, 00.15
These two adjoining rooms are suitable for small meetings of up to 12 participants each.
- Seminar Room 00.17
This larger ground-floor room can host group discussions and workshops for up to 50 participants.
- Auditorium 3
This classroom with fixed tables set up in parliamentary style can hold up to 77 participants.
- Study Room (small)
Our numerous small study rooms on the ground floor offer private working space for up to 8 participants. They are also suitable for conducting interviews.
- Video Conference Room
This room is suitable for up to 8 participants and is especially equipped with state-of-the-art video and phone conferencing equipment.
- Foyer 1
This uniquely designed space can be flexibly arranged for a reception, a lecture, or a dinner for up to 250 participants.
The room used today as a lounge is the former study of the Chairman of the State Council of the GDR. Walter Ulbricht and Erich Honecker, among others, worked here.
- Auditorium 4
Auditorium 4 is the former Diplomats Hall of the State Council. This fixed-seat lecture hall can now host up to 92 participants.
- Chancellor´s Office
The former map room now offers the perfect setting for exclusive programmes and events with up to 50 participants. From 1999 to 2001, when the former State Council building was being used as the Federal Chancellery, this room was the office of the then German Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.
- Palace View
This smaller conference room offers a view of the newly reconstructed Berlin Palace and is suitable for exclusive meetings or workshops for up to 50 participants.
- Tower View
This large conference room, which faces Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower, is suitable for up to 195 participants.
- Garden View
This courtyard- and garden-facing room is suitable for lectures and seminars for up to 49 participants.
- Study Rooms
Our numerous small study rooms on the first floor offer private working space for up to 8 participants during events. They are also suitable for conducting interviews.
- Study Rooms - Mezzanine1+
Our numerous small study rooms on the mezzanine level offer private working space for up to 8 participants during events. They are also suitable for conducting interviews.
- Foyer 2
Like Foyer 1, this space can be flexibly arranged for a reception, a lecture, or a dinner for up to 250 participants.
- Auditorium 1
Auditorium 1 is one part of the original festival room of the former State Council. The classroom has a seating arrangement for 76 participants plus one wheelchair seating area.
- Auditorium 2
The second half of the original festival room of the former State Council has a fixed seating arrangement for 58 people plus one wheelchair seating area. It features a wall mosaic of the coat of arms of the former German Democratic Republic.
- Auditorium Maximum
Auditorium Maximum was formerly the banquet hall of the GDR State Council. It is the largest room in the building and perfect for banquets, graduation ceremonies, forums and other major events for up to 360 participants.
This inviting and sunlit corridor leads guests to Auditorium 1, 2, and the Auditorium Maximum. It is suitable for accompanying exhibitions.
Located to the rear of the ground floor reception area, the spacious garden provides an excellent platform for high-quality, open-air summer events.