Last Waltz

LAST WALTZ

ABANDONED BALLROOMS IN EUROPE


‘Last Waltz’ is a serie with abandoned ballrooms and guesthouses in the former East Germany. As a matter of fact they were left abandoned around the fall of the iron curtain.

During the 19th century, numerous commercial ballrooms were built that were financed by entrance fees. They were used in general for dancing, theater and music. But also by political parties, schools and other clubs. However mainly waltzes and other couple dances were danced there. Also many of these ballrooms were combined with restaurants. Since the social importance of the balls increased after the end of the First World War, most ballrooms have been abandoned or demolished.