Gasthof Gärtitz


This the abandoned ‘Gasthof Gärtitz’. The village Gärtitz is situated in the region of Saxony in Germany, 154 km south of the country’s capital Berlin. After more than 100 years, the old Inn was demolished in 2021.

Around 1900 this Inn was built in the small German village Gärtitz, near Döbeln. During this time, many inns, and theaters were built. It was a hotel, but also a place for socializing and entertainment for the locals. Later it was also used as the local train station restaurant and as a post office. We were told that the dance hall used to be legendary in the region during the DDR years.

The building has a stucco-decorated hall, cast-iron pillars and large garden. An eye-catcher is the somewhat strange ceiling with red and white stripes.

After the German reunification, or ‘Die Wende’, the Inn became vacant. The building had stood empty for many years and fell into disrepair, eventually it was demolished in April 2021. I visited ‘Gasthof Gärtitz’ in 2020 during my trip through the former DDR. The Inn is also known as ‘Ballsaal Halligalli’.

Built 1900
Abandoned 1994
Demolished 2021
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