Collections Online


German English


We use cookies and other technologies on our website to read/store information on your device and to process your personal data. If you give your consent for us to do this, we process your information and data for the purposes of integrating external media and analysing usage. As part of this, some data will be transferred to our service providers. Your consent also includes the transfer of your data to third countries, which incurs a risk that authorities in those locations may access and evaluate this data and that your data subject rights may not be enforced. By clicking on ‘Agree to all tools’, you expressly consent to the above-mentioned processes and purposes. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Further information can be found in our privacy policy.

Change individual cookie settings

Here is a summary of all the cookies we use. Cookies are technologies that read information from, or store information on, the end user’s device. You can give your consent to entire categories, or view advanced information to select individual cookies.

Always active

Essential cookies enable basic functions and are necessary for the proper functioning of the website.


These cookies help us to understand how you interact with our website as a user. For this purpose, we collect anonymised information about your behaviour for our internal evaluation as part of our user analytics. For example, we can find out which topics are of particular interest to you, or which functionalities you use often, or not at all. This enables us to optimise our content and functionalities in order to offer you a more personalised experience.

External (2)

Our portal offers a variety of media, including videos and 3D views of objects. In order to provide technical implementation of these features, we use the services of third-party providers whose content is integrated into our portal. As a result, content and information provided may be disclosed to third parties. We recommend you read the privacy policies of these companies. Your consent includes the processing of data by third parties, including in third countries, where applicable (Art. 49(1) GDPR), where there may be no comparable level of data protection in force.

Vault door and deposit boxes from the Wertheim department store on Leipziger Platz

  • Tresor
  • Unbekannt (Hersteller)
  • Berlin (City)
  • 1927

Shortly after 1989 techno fans discovered a vault behind this door on Leipziger Strasse, in an uninhabited border area between East and West Berlin. The vault of Wertheim Bank - with its low ceilings, Weathered walls and rusty steel - had stood empty for 45 years. Used as a club, it was filled with hard techno music and dancing guests from around the world.
The vault came to symbolise a culture that made playful use of abandoned space to create something new. It is considered a birthplace of the techno movement that has thrilled the world.An office building now stands where the club once was.

Detailed information

Object type
Involved Persons/Corporate Bodies
Unbekannt (Hersteller)
Period Produced
Exhibition Format
Stahl; Beton
industrielle Fertigung
230 x 130 x 80 cm
500 kg
Places / Cultures
Berlin (City)
Exhibition Location
Exhibition & Module
H01 Highlights / H01 Highlights - First Forerunners / MG Media Guide / MG Tour 03 BERLIN GLOBAL / SSB01 BERLIN GLOBAL / SSB01 04 Free Space / SSB01 04 Central Area
Persons / Corporate bodies
Kaufhaus Wertheim (Berlin); Tresor Club (Berlin); Wertheim-Konzern
Owner/Managing Institution
Privatbesitz Dimitri Hegemann
[Source: ]