Our Story

Here for you since 1931

Start of the 20th century

Until 1919, the restaurant in the Wilhelminian style building on Schiffbauerdamm was a popular meeting place for shipbuilders. In the following years, however, the shipyards were displaced by residential and commercial buildings. In 1931, a new owner established an upscale restaurant. In search of a suitable name, he decided on “Ganymed” (English: Ganymede) the cup-bearer of the Greek gods.

During the GDR period

During the division of Germany, Berlin’s “elite” would come together in Ganymed. Well-known artists such as Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill or Helene Weigel met here, but also the political establishment of the GDR and employees of the Allied forces came here.

After the reunification

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the restaurant was closed and could only be reopened in 1996 after extensive renovation measures. Today, Ganymed is run in the style of a French brasserie. In the spring of 2005, a wonderful sun terrace was opened in addition to the existing premises, directly on the banks of the Spree.

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A glimpse into our french restaurant

The location

In the heart of Berlin

About the Ganymed Brasserie

Our French restaurant is located directly on the Spree in the heart of Berlin. Whether you enjoy the impressive view of the Fernsehturm and the Reichstag from our Spree terrace or experience the flair of France in our first-class interiors, your time with us will be unforgettable. Due to the central location of the Ganymed Brasserie, you can easily reach the Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, the government district or the magnificent boulevard “Unter den Linden”.


Culture lovers can make a visit to the Berlin ensemble, which is located directly by the Ganymed Brasserie. But the Friedrichsstadtpalast, the Komische Oper and the Admiralspalast also attract with their exclusive events.


The bridge on Weidendamm leads directly to Friedrichstrasse S-Bahn station. From here, you can reach Hackescher Markt, Potsdamer Platz, the Central Train Station (Hauptbahnhof) and Zoo train station, all in about 15 minutes.

Boat tour on the Spree

On the other bank of the Spree, exactly opposite the Ganymed Brasserie, is the “Bruno Winkler” shipping company. An excursion boat starts here, taking you on a one-hour trip along the Spree. The ship sails past Museum Island, the cathedral, the Chancellery, the Central Train Station, and much more. Enjoy Berlin from a completely new perspective! You can find more information at reedereiwinkler.de. After your Spree tour, we will await you on our sun terrace or in our French restaurant, which you can easily reach on foot from the pier in around three minutes.

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