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Historic boiler room in Berlin

Historic boiler room in Berlin

Historic boiler room in Berlin

In the Herzberge landscape park, a green oasis in Berlin's Lichtenberg district, the Queen Elisabeth evangelical hospital was built at the end of the nineteenth century and was heated from a separate boiler room.

Before Berlin built a municipal electricity grid, the boilers also provided electricity. Tons of coal were driven here to keep the patients in the hospital warm until 1986.

Today, the boiler room has been turned into an event location and museum, the 'Museum Kesselhaus Herzberge.'

You will find three successive generations of boilers there. The oldest is a double fire-tube boiler from the Berlin steam train and boiler builder Borsig from 1892, which was there from the beginning.

Boilers from the New Reich Chancellery

The three water boilers are a particular case. Initially, they heated Adolf Hitler's New Reich Chancellery. After its power center was bombed to pieces at the end of the Second World War, the boilers were lifted from the rubble and moved to Lichtenberg, where they were used from 1951 onwards.

The most recent water tube boilers from the 1960s complete the collection. Information panels explain the operation of the boilers and demonstrate how the coal was poured into the boilers via a gantry crane and conveyor belts.

The chimney on top of the boiler house was demolished after the shutdown, as was the portal crane next to the boiler house. Of these, you will only find the concrete foundations.

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