Before the fall of the wall in 1989, every village in East Germany had its ballroom. Generations of villagers came to forget every weekend the harshness of everyday life by partying and dancing. The villages rivaled each other with a lot of decoration with their means, which were not all equal. After 1989, slowly, inexorably the rooms were deserted, forgotten, neglected, abandoned. During a trip to East Germany, I visited about thirty of these abandoned rooms. Access is not always easy. Forbidden in most cases. When you see the condition of some floors and ceilings you quickly understand why. Here, I present to you a selection of 10 of these rooms. If you listen well you may hear the party in full swing!

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Blowing Into The Void

Blowing Into The Void

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Susan Stead
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1 year ago

This is so heartbreaking. I know they're expensive to repair and maintain, but I still can't comprehend just leaving these beautiful old things to just rot away.

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#2

Two Doors Cinema Show

Two Doors Cinema Show

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago (edited)

Reminds me of grade and high school. Good memories!

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#3

A Bird In Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush

A Bird In Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago

Magnificent!

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#4

Green Intermission

Green Intermission

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago

Can't someone save this one? It is so beautiful.

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#5

Disaster Scenario

Disaster Scenario

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh honey! I tell you, we brought the house down! Literally.

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The Great Escape

The Great Escape

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago

A place where imagination can replace tiredness for at least a little while.

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The Three Nails

The Three Nails

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago

Sad to see it gone.

#8

No Matter Which Door You Take

No Matter Which Door You Take

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago

So much to just walk away.

#9

I Lost My Prom Diary

I Lost My Prom Diary

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago

It had so much to offer!

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Last Reminder

Last Reminder

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Julian Restrepo
Community Member
1 year ago

this one looks like a meeting could start at any moment

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#11

Exit Stage Left

Exit Stage Left

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Julian Restrepo
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1 year ago

some of these look really regal.

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#12

Weather Report

Weather Report

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jasper
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1 year ago

indoor cloud!

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#13

Blue Stairs

Blue Stairs

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago

You look, then notice, so old and yet so regal ,memories bringing color back into her cheeks as she stands straight and tall.

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#14

Concert In A Fragile Ground

Concert In A Fragile Ground

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

Tremendous loss, some people will never know the way it feels when you're behind the curttain and the audience loved t!

#15

Dance Of Death

Dance Of Death

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago

Old friend I hate to see you go.

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All I Need Is Some Sunshine

All I Need Is Some Sunshine

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago

We need to hold on to elegance.

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#17

Memories From A Ballroom Notebook

Memories From A Ballroom Notebook

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

Once upon a time long, long ago.................

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#18

To The Happiness Of Dramas

To The Happiness Of Dramas

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Julian Restrepo
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1 year ago

bauhaus? cool ceiling

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#19

Private Screening

Private Screening

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Koalamonster
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1 year ago

It's pretty impressive that the ceiling is all still together- though the discoloration means it probably won't be for long. Its too bad, the floor and ceiling in this one are so pretty.

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#20

Free Placement

Free Placement

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago (edited)

So sad to see dreams rotting.

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#21

Flower Power

Flower Power

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

This looks more like a bingo hall.

#22

Entrechats

Entrechats

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago

and the band played on..................

#23

In The Evening Of The Reunion

In The Evening Of The Reunion

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Elaine Mattingly
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1 year ago

I would love to be there on a summar night and dance with my husband to one last song.

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#24

On What Foot To Dance?

On What Foot To Dance?

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like you faced great danger when this picture was taken. I'm grateful you did before it was too late.

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