The Orania.History

The revival of the 1913 Oranienpalast Kabarett Cafe


Merchant and City Councillor Leopold Jacobi (1847-1917) commissions the renowned architects Cremer & Wolffenstein with plans for a new representative office building in Oranienstrasse 40/41. The building features the café Oranienpalast on the ground floor and offices on the upper floors.


The café Oranienpalast offers its guests outstanding concerts and cabarets under the direction of Oscar Barton. Upper floors are rented by industrial giant AEG, a publisher and a fashion shop.


Leopold Jacobi passes away.


The café Oranienpalast closes its doors. The ground floor is converted into a clothing store owned by C&A Brenninkmeyer. The upper floors are converted into a hotel named "Ahlbecker Hof".




Cäcilia Jacobi, the widow of Leopold, transfers the property to her children Ernst, Frieda and Charlotte. 


The property is sold to C&A and the entire building is converted into a clothing store. During World War II the building is spared from any damages.


The building changes ownership several times while it is used as a furniture & food store, restaurant & billiard salon.


The club "Trash" opens its doors on the first floor. The building is registered as a national monument the same year.




Dietrich von Boetticher acquires the building. After basic renovations the building is used free of charge by art & cultural events, the Berlin Biennale (2010), Kunsthochschule Weißensee and the Ostkreuz Bildagentur.


Restoration of the historic building bas been planed & designed by Dietmar Mueller-Elmau with Hilmer Sattler Architects to revive the genius loci of the Oranienpalast Cafe featuring a restaurant & bar with a stage for concerts, 41 hotel rooms & suites as well as a literary salon & artists club.


The Orania.Berlin will be affiliated with Schloss Elmau, a spa retreat & cultural hideaway in the bavarian alps, which for more than a century has been celebrating a unique cultural tradition featuring concerts and talks with great artists and authors of our time. The grand opening will take place in September 2017.