Address and directions
15517 Fürstenwalde/Spree, Germany
Public transport: Autobahn or exit Fürstenwalde West motorway A12
Today's use: abandoned
#Industrial and technical building #Fürstenwalde/Spree #1937
The triangular shape of the petrol station and its roof corresponds to the shape of the surrounding streets. Cars could drive to the petrol station from the entrance, exit and opposite lane. The concrete roof marks this position even more so that drivers can see the petrol station from afar. The small house made of masioned clinker bricks used to have a snack bar, a toilet, a lounge for the petrol station attendant and storage rooms in the basement.
This petrol station is a rare example, that modernist architecture was used during the Nazi time in Germany. For a functional, technical building it seemed to be not that difficult to realize a project like this. But it is said, that also against modernist petrol stations started some protests. The Nazis also prefered to construct motorway service stations in a more traditional style, e. g. Michendorf.
Everything is photographed from the car or from behind the crash barrier. Entering the motorways on foot, including the exits, or to park infront of the petrol station, is strictly forbidden!
This petrol station with a snack bar and toilet was built in 1937 on the motorway connecting Berlin and Frankfurt (Oder). It is located at the motorway exit Fürstenwalde/West in west direction from Frankfurt (Oder). Originally, vehicles in the opposite lane, i.e. coming from Berlin, could turn off the motorway to reach the service station. This petrol station remained in operation until 1995. Since then it is not in use anymore and no plans are made to use it for anything else.
From this time, this type of petrol station, some call it Reichsautobahntankstelle (petrol station of the Reichsautobahn/German motorway) is the only one in today's Germany. Three similar petrol stations still exist in Poland, two in Wroclaw and one in Szczecin.