Classic Remise

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Classic Remise Düsseldorf interior

Classic Remise is the name of a business model (service centers for everything to do with motorcycles and automobiles , specializing in the area of ​​classic, vintage and collector's vehicles). There are two Classic Remisen in Berlin and Düsseldorf . Both service centers are located in listed buildings with an industrial and traffic engineering background.


As a result of scientific research at the European Business School on the question of building concepts for certain target groups, the first project ideas arose in 2000. A suitable building was found in Berlin as well as investors who were ready to implement the project. The opening in Berlin took place in May 2003.

Another project was then carried out in Düsseldorf in an old roundhouse, where the concept was further developed with the experience of Berlin. The opening in the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia took place in September 2006. The centers were originally opened under the license name Meilenwerk .

Since spring 2011, the centers in Berlin and Düsseldorf have been operating as Classic Remise .

Other important vintage car centers with similar concepts were later opened in Nuremberg (Ofenwerk), in Frankfurt (Klassikstadt) and in Böblingen (Motorworld Region Stuttgart). There are also smaller centers in Bremen, Bielefeld and Ulm.


Preserved track segment in Düsseldorf

The Classic Remisen are a mixture of a living museum , parking garage and service center. In addition to the specialized dealers with their showrooms, workshops and other specialists in the field of classic vehicles, glass garages can also be rented. The vehicles are stored and guarded in the glass boxes. They can be viewed there by visitors at any time and the owners always have access to their vehicle.

The concept was deliberately implemented in listed buildings. In Berlin, for example, bomb holes reminiscent of the attacks during the Second World War can be found on the ceiling of the building. At the entrance to the former tram depot, too, an old sign with the words Warning, Danger, Gate Pillar reminds of the earlier use. In Düsseldorf you can see the old chimneys above the locomotive spaces in the round of the roundhouse, as well as the weathered enamel signs with the numbers of the parking spaces and large light strips with only partially replaced window glass.


Classic Remise Berlin

Classic Remise Berlin from the inside

The Classic Remise Berlin is located on Wiebestrasse in the Moabit district in a former tram depot ( 52 ° 31 ′ 50 ″  N , 13 ° 19 ′ 7 ″  E ). Planning began in 2000 and opened in 2003. The total area of ​​the Classic Remise Berlin is around 12,000 m². In the Classic Remise there are 88 storage boxes for private automobile rarities. There are also 30 commercial tenants, such as classic car restorers, dealers, service providers and two restaurants as well as conference and event spaces that can be booked for a wide variety of events.

Classic Remise Berlin from the outside. The gastronomy is located in the glass extension.

In February 2004, the Berlin Senate granted the Classic Remise one of the best-attended permanent exhibitions in Berlin a weekend sale permit. Around 200 events take place in the event hall every year. In addition, the Classic Remise Berlin is a stage destination for vintage car rallies, a place for award ceremonies, seminars and auctions. A two-day classic car meeting in May regularly attracts many interested parties.


The building, the so-called Wiebehallen, was built from 1899 to 1901 and was used as a tram depot under the name Moabit depot. This depot used to be the largest tram depot in Europe with more than 10,000 m². After the depot was closed in 1964 and tram operations in West Berlin were completely stopped in 1967, the halls fell into disrepair since the late 1960s. Later the halls were even closed due to the risk of collapse. Between 2002 and 2003 the rectangular building was completely restored. Historical writings, damage from the Second World War or parts of tram tracks are a reminder of the building's past. The completed building has won several awards, including the Berlin Monument Preservation Prize, the Ferdinand von Quast Medal , in 2004 .

Classic Remise Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Remise in the roundhouse, 2016

The Classic Remise Düsseldorf is located on Harffstrasse in the Oberbilk district ( 51 ° 11 ′ 42 ″  N , 6 ° 49 ′ 24 ″  E ). It was opened on September 16, 2006 in a former roundhouse . The total area is more than 19,000 square meters.

In the Classic Remise Düsseldorf there are 80 storage boxes made of glass and 35 specialized service providers - including dealers, restorers, workshops, shops for clothing and automobiles as well as a restaurant, a bistro and a beer garden that is open in summer. The offer is completed by service providers such as vehicle care providers, saddlers, expert offices and motorcycle specialists.

The site has a large event hall and smaller event areas that are booked by companies for presentations, conferences and sales meetings. Rallies take place at the location, tours or major classic car-related events begin.

The television broadcaster VOX has had a television studio in the Classic Remise Düsseldorf since 2014 as the "headquarters" of the Auto Mobil car show . The Barber Convention has been held here since 2017.


Classic Remise Düsseldorf, hall from the inside

The Classic Remise Düsseldorf is located in a former roundhouse that was built between 1929 and 1931. The building has a semicircle as a base. The diameter of the locomotive shed is almost 150 m, making it one of the largest preserved locomotive sheds of this type in Europe. A restaurant over two floors was built on the site of the former turntable , the space between the restaurant and the old building was covered with a modern, transparent film construction. The renovation was carried out by the Düsseldorf architecture office RKW, the extension of the cafe and restaurant by the architect Karsten Weber in collaboration with the artist Nina Fandler.

Web links

Commons : Classic Remise  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Oldies in Glasboxen , DER SPIEGEL 35/2004, page 87, accessed on September 29, 2011.
  2. The background of the project development idea ( memento of the original from September 23, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Meilenwerk homepage, accessed on September 29, 2011.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Classic Remise instead of Meilenwerk , Rheinsche Post from July 25, 2011, accessed on September 29, 2011.
  4. Meilenwerk dispute overshadows project start in Hamburg , article from September 27, 2011, accessed on September 29, 2011.
  5. Wonderland for classic car lovers , Spiegel Online from November 6, 2005, accessed on September 29, 2011.
  6. Olles under one roof , FOCUS Magazin 34/2003, page 78, accessed on September 29, 2011.
  7. Entry in the monument list of the state capital Düsseldorf at the Institute for Monument Protection and Preservation
  8. Events and visitor numbers - ongoing attractiveness ( memento of March 4, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), Meilenwerk homepage, accessed on September 29, 2011.
  9. The Classic Remise is the old-timer Mecca in Wersten , homepage of the city of Düsseldorf, accessed on September 29, 2011.
  10. Andreas Jancke becomes the new moderator. Retrieved February 27, 2020 .
  11. ^ International Barber Convention Young Talents Award. Retrieved September 10, 2019 .