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Foundation of the first Liederhalle
The dream of its own venue came true for the Stuttgart Liederkranz choral society: on 20th June 1863, the foundations were laid for the first Liederhalle.
Upon its completion in 1864, the old Liederhalle became the new home of the Stuttgart Liederkranz choral society – and in subsequent years, one of the most important birthplaces of the Stuttgart music scene.
Expansion to include the large ballroom
More space for music: the large ballroom, previously postponed for financial reasons, was finally completed in the first Liederhalle in 1875. The press praised the hall’s classical beauty and excellent acoustics.
Conversion of the old Liederhalle
The old Liederhalle was converted during the peak of the Stuttgart art and culture scene between 1906 and 1910 for 132,000 German marks. The business areas and public hall were also expanded.
This is when things really started to happen.
The Liederhalle became the cultural and social hub of the city of Stuttgart. Numerous national and international musicians brought our Liederhalle to life with their songs and instruments.
Around 1924, the area around the first Liederhalle (1), with the garrison church (2) and old riding arena (3) as direct neighbours, was much quieter than it is today.
Old Liederhalle destroyed in World War II
The old Liederhalle was completely destroyed during an air raid on the night of 7th to 8th October 1943. The Stuttgart Liederkranz choral society expressed the demand for a new concert hall with a concert in the ruins after World War II.
The Liederhalle reopens
Around ten years after the war, Stuttgart rebuilt its Liederhalle on the original site. The new Liederhalle was an attraction even during its construction and was continually in the public gaze. After a construction period of just nine months, the new Liederhalle was opened by mayor Josef Hirn.
Expansion to include the conference extension
In 1991, Wolfgang Henning added a conference extension to the Liederhalle to create today's Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle. From a concert hall, the Liederhalle has now developed into an internationally recognised congress centre.
Renovation of the new Liederhalle
After 27 years of continuous operation, our Liederhalle is undergoing extensive renovations to ensure it continues to be excellently positioned to meet future requirements. The modernisation work encompasses the fire protection system, stage equipment and event technology, as well as the building control system and network technology.
Re-opening of the new Liederhalle
After a renovation phase of around 18 months, the congress area of the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle has been shining in new splendour since December 2020.