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Without the Spree River, Berlin would never have come into being. Plus, without a doubt, there's a reason why the city was founded where it was, i.e. at a point on the river where it could serve as both a major transport route and a source of energy. Indeed, for centuries, the Spree was more important than any street.

Flussbad Berlin focuses on this historical tradition. The 1.8-kilometre Spree Canal, which is an arm of the main Spree River straightened and framed by shore walls, will be awakened from its slumber. Until the construction of the lock at Mühlendamm in 1894, it was Berlin's most important waterway. After that, shipping activities were moved to the main arm of the Spree. Small recreational boats have not been permitted to pass through the canal since 2005. Thanks to the Flussbad, this section of the river will be revived in the minds of Berliners and regain a key function as an historical city lifeline. The result will be the renewal of one particular tradition, among others, namely public bath houses. One of the many bath houses once found along the Spree stood directly at the Palace; it was closed for hygienic reasons in 1924 when the river finally became too dirty to swim in. We are eager to take up this historical tradition. 

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