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The Mariendorf seaside resort 1876 - 1950

Not only swimmers got their money's worth here: the swimming pool was a popular destination for excursions and, as a natural idyll with a park, lake terraces, concerts and a waterfall, also had a lot to offer outside of the swimming pleasure. At times it was even one of the most relevant competition venues for German swimming.

Badeanstalt Mariendorf, um 1910
Badeanstalt Mariendorf, um 1910 © Fotograf: Otto Haeckel, Museen Tempelhof-Schöneberg

The history of the Mariendorf seaside resort is inextricably linked with the Lewissohn family. From 1876 onwards, the owner Adolf Lewissohn steadily pushed ahead with the expansion of the facility and opened up new areas of business for it. In winter, he used his water areas to harvest large quantities of natural ice for the Berlin breweries. He was also successful as a land agent and through this activity had an important influence on the development of Mariendorf and Tempelhof.


The baths experienced their heyday during the Weimar Republic.
However, the world economic crisis and increasing anti-Semitism from the 1930s onward made continued operation impossible. The facility came under forced administration and received new owners. After World War II, Helene Lewissohn, the daughter of the founder, fought in vain for compensation for the loss of the family property. After 1945, the seaside resort no longer met the requirements of the time and was filled in and demolished in 1950.

The special exhibition at the Tempelhof Museum uses the example of the Mariendorf seaside resort to tell German history from the founding years to the post-war period.

On display are numerous historical photographs and documents as well as murals by artist Friederike von Hellermann. With her illustrations, she brings the lively scenery of the seaside resort back to life.
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