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Berlin's Central Cattle and Slaughterhouse

Berlin's Central Cattle and Slaughterhouse

Old slaughterhouse in Berlin

The Zentralvieh- und Schlachthof on Storkower Straße is a textbook example of a repurposed VEB ruin. Pigs, cows and sheep have been slaughtered here since the sixteenth century.

That remained the case, even in the GDR era. Every cutlet or rump steak frying in East Berlin passed through the hands of some 3,000 employees. Privatization hit like a sledgehammer. Barely a year after German reunification, the slaughterhouse was over.

The slaughterhouse stood empty for several years until the city of Berlin announced grandiose plans. In 2000, it wanted to organize the Summer Olympics to show the world the new, unified Germany. The slaughterhouse was to house the media village. However, Australia's Sydney came out on top and Berlin was left empty-handed.

Plan B came into effect: redevelop the site. The carcass of the covered cattle market now covers a lawn. Supermarkets and SMEs are cooped up in the former cow sheds.

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