Dynamic, cosmopolitan, creative, and international are words that best describe Germany‘s capital city Berlin. The partition of Germany shaped Berlin, but much has changed since the reunification. Berlin is the largest city in Germany, where many diverse cultures and lifestyles meet.
The school opened its main campus in Berlin in 2006 in the former GDR Staatsratsgebäude at Schlossplatz 1. Built in 1964, the building hosted the Staatsrat (National Council) of the GDR until 1989. After reunification, the building was used in many ways, including as the temporary office of the German Chancellor.
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Staatsratsgebäude: ESMT Berlin opened its main campus in Berlin in 2006 in the former GDR Staatsratsgebäude at Schlossplatz 1. Completed in 1964, the building hosted the Staatsrat (National Council) of the GDR until 1989. After reunification, the building was used in many ways, including as the temporary office of the German Chancellor.
Stained glass window: The socialist artist Walter Womacka designed the 180 m² stained glass window in the school’s main hall. It shows the history of the German workers‘ movement, including Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht. The worker strikes of the 1920s, the Soviet troops in 1945, and idealized scenes of life in the former GDR are depicted.
Auditorium Maximum: The former banquet hall is now the Auditorium Maximum of ESMT Berlin. It is the most impressive room in the ESMT Berlin Learning Center and is often used for conferences and ceremonies, such as MBA graduation ceremonies. From the auditorium, visitors have a panoramic view of Berlin’s famous Museum Island, including the Berlin Cathedral.
Ballroom as Auditorium: Separated by a glass wall, the former ballroom offers space for two auditoriums. In Auditorium 2, there is a large mosaic of the national emblem of the former German Democratic Republic. The ballroom was formerly used for awards ceremonies.
Degree programs: ESMT Berlin offers a one-year full-time MBA and an 18-month executive MBA program. Both programs impart management and leadership skills to experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds and nationalities. The MBA degree emphasizes the management of technology and responsible leadership.
Historical present: The former Soviet Union gave the former GDR a unique present: panels made of leather decorated with doves of gold leaf. They cover an entire room in the ESMT Learning Center and can be visited during public tours.
Berlin: Dynamic, cosmopolitan, creative, and international are words that best describe Germany‘s capital city Berlin. The partition of Germany shaped Berlin, but much has changed since the reunification. Berlin is the largest city in Germany, where many diverse cultures and lifestyles meet. The school’s main campus is located in Berlin.
Brandenburg Gate: The Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin’s most important monuments. It is both a landmark and a symbol. It was built from 1788 to 1791 at the request of King Frederick William II and became a symbol of German reunification after 1990. Atop the gate is the Quadriga, a chariot driven by Victoria, the goddess of victory. © Peggy-Sue / pixelio.de
Berlin Cathedral: The Berlin Cathedral, Berlin‘s largest church, is located on the famous Museum Island and is directly across from the ESMT Berlin Campus. It was built from 1894 to 1905 as a burial place for the Hohenzollern family, and their pompous sarcophaguses can still be visited today. From the 74.8 m high dome, visitors have a great view of Berlin.
Berliner Philharmonic: The Berliner Philharmonic not only attracts attention with its uncommon architecture, but also with its unique acoustics. The modern and asymmetric building was constructed from 1960 to 1963. Because of its tentlike concrete roof, it is often called “Karajani Circus” in everyday speech, named after the orchestra‘s longest-serving conductor.
Red Town Hall: Berlin‘s mayor governs from the Red Town Hall. The building owes its name to its eye-catching terracotta siding. This Berlin landmark was built from 1861 to 1869. The red brick siding and the clock tower above the main entrance are attention getters. Visitors to ESMT Berlin can easily reach the Red Town Hall by foot.
Berlin Zoo: The Berlin Zoo is Germany’s oldest zoo. With 16,000 animals and around 1,500 different species, it is one of the most diverse zoos in the world. In the middle of the 19th century, efforts made by the famous scientist Alexander von Humboldt and others led to the creation of a “zoological garden” in Berlin. Today, the zoo is one of Berlin’s most popular attractions. © Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde
Federal Chancellery: The Federal Chancellery, the central office of the German chancellor, is located on the banks of the River Spree. The groundbreaking ceremony took place under Chancellor Helmut Kohl in 1997, and in 2001 Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder moved in. From 1999 to 2001, the chancellor’s offices were in the former Staatsratsgebäude, now the ESMT Berlin Campus. Within the chancellery you can find contemporary national and international art.
Berlin Reichstag: The Reichstag was built from 1884 to 1894 and was almost completely destroyed during World War II. The renovated Reichstag combines the moving history of the building with a modern construction. While the Bundestag is in session, visitors can climb the glass dome and enjoy a wonderful view of the government district.
Television Tower: The television tower offers a breathtaking 360° view of Berlin. It was built by the GDR government in the 1960s. Today, the television tower shapes Berlin‘s skyline and has become one of the city’s landmarks. Students wishing to get a bird’s eye view of Berlin would be glad to know that the television tower is conveniently located near the ESMT Berlin Campus.
Victory Column: The Victory Column is one of the most famous sights in Berlin. The “Goldelse,” a statue of Victoria, the goddess of victory, crowns the column, which commemorates the Prussian victory in the Second Schleswig War. The Victory Column became world famous when US presidential candidate Barack Obama chose it as a spot for his speech in Berlin. Originally built in front of the Reichstag, it now graces the Tiergarten.
World Clock: The world clock symbolizes, among other things, Berlin‘s international character. Built in 1969, the clock shows all time zones as well as the time of the world‘s biggest cities. It is a popular meeting place for citizens of Berlin and people from all nations. It is directly located in one of the most exciting areas of Berlin, the famous Alexanderplatz.