This architectural wonder is hidden right next to one of the most touristy areas in Bremen.
Böttcherstraße because of its location in the historic center of Bremen, one of the city’s main visitor attractions. It is well-known for its architecture but few know about the inside of the Atlantis House and Himmelssaal.
Completed in 1931, Atlantis House is an interesting example of German architecture from the interwar period, an architecture that was deemed a “divergent view of culture” by the Nazi regime. The structure was also heavily damaged during World War II but was rebuilt with a new facade in 1965.
The inside is a true architectural gem. An art deco stairway cast in concrete with glass lenses leads to a beautiful room with cold light entering through white and blue glass blocks. This room, Himmelssaal (Heaven Hall) was intended to be a mystical place with its parabolic dome and full of repeating symbols.
Know Before You Go
Atlantis House and Himmelssaal is operated by the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bremen and is used for weddings, funerals, and conferences. If nothing is scheduled, the staircase is usually available for anyone to see, just go to the reception desk and ask for directions. Himmelssaal is only available on a guided tour called Böttcherstrasse und Himmelssaal given by Bremen Tourism.