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Gasthaus Zur Rippe with the unusual house logo

The Gasthaus Zur Rippe (colloquially also known as Die Rippe for short ) was an old traditional Berlin bar in the Nikolaiviertel from around 1700. The bar was closed on June 1, 2019 in the form that had existed until then.


The building was located at Poststrasse 17 at the corner of Mühlendamm in the Berlin-Mitte district . It belongs to the ensemble of the Nikolaiviertel in old Berlin . As an unmistakable identification mark, the inn had a large bone on the facade as a house symbol .


The inn with the unusual house sign was first put on record around 1665 when a tailor named Heinrich Brandeß bought the building to improve his salary by brewing beer .

The place was not always a restaurant; However, as early as 1700 it advertised the oversized bone on the facade of the Molkenmarkt , the oldest market in Berlin on the busiest flyover of the Spree . There are many myths about bones. Most likely it is a whale bone , which was sold as a curiosity at the whey market and was attached to the house by the innkeeper as a distinguishing mark . Another myth says that it is said to be the rib and shoulder blade of a slain giant from the Müggelberg mountains .

Demolition and reconstruction

Around 1935 the rib - together with the Ephraim-Palais - was torn down to make room for the Gauforum planned by the National Socialists and the new bridge over the Mühlendamm .

In 1986, the restaurant in the reconstruction of Nikolai quarter was a reconstruction built a few meters north of the original site again because the Magistrate of East Berlin , the widening of the mill dam from Nazi times wanted to make irreversible.

See also


  • Uwe Kieling, Johannes Althoff: The Nikolaiviertel . Berlin (Berlin edition) 2001.
  • Benedikt Goebel: The conversion of old Berlin into a modern city center . Berlin (Braun Publishing House) 2003.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Old Berlin. Legends and stories , excerpt from Motzbuch de ; Retrieved March 10, 2011
  2. A legend formulated a little differently: Die Rippe zu Berlin , accessed on March 10, 2011.

Coordinates: 52 ° 30 '58.7 "  N , 13 ° 24' 28.5"  E