Guten Tag, European startup fans! TechCrunch is thrilled to announce that we are headed back to the Arena Berlin in the heart of Berlin, Germany for Disrupt Berlin 2017.
Although Disrupt is returning to Berlin after a three-year stint in London, this is not to be thought of as a purely “Berlin” event. This is our European event, which happens to be in Berlin. So we want startups and investors from all over the European ecosystem to come.
That said, not only are we happy to be headed back to Berlin, we’re excited to be back at the historic and beautiful Arena Berlin. The Arena Berlin is just on the Spree across from the East Side Gallery in the former Soviet Sector, and the Berlin Wall literally ran right past the place.
The 6,500 square meter Arena was built in 1927 as an omnibus depot, and at the time was the largest freestanding hall in Europe. The Arena was used as a weapons storage for the Third Reich during World War II and was converted to a refugee camp after the war was over.
The Arena was extensively renovated in 2000 into an impressive venue for events for up to 9,000 people. The combination of 1920s architecture, historical significance and modern amenities make the Arena Berlin one of the most popular event spaces in the city, and we think you’re really going to enjoy it.
The last time we were at the Arena Berlin was in 2013 for the first Disrupt in Europe, and safe to say we all had a blast. For this year’s show, we’re going to take it to a whole new level. You’re going to want to be there.