Massive Aquarium Bursts in Berlin

The 16 m high aquarium called The AquaDom was the house of 1500 tropical fish at the Radisson Blu Complex in Berlin’s Mitte district. At around 5:45 a.m. on December 16th, it burst and the glass splinters injured two people. Two policemen reported that they first heard a very loud noise and then the aquarium flew into the street.

The AquaDom

After the incident, the hotel was evacuated and the area is largely cordoned. Emergency services also shut a road from Alexanderplatz toward the Brandenburg Gate because of the flood of water. The Police are investigating what coused this incident, and they do not reckon it is a criminal act. Hotel guests were shaken by the scene of 1500 dead fish and debris lying around.

The AquaDom

The AquaDom was the largest free-standing cylindrical aquarium in the world.


There was 1,000 metric tons of water inside the massive tube, and the guests could enjoy a 10 minute elevator ride through the aquarium. The fact that the accident happened so early in the morning prevented a worse disaster.

Annette Riedl/dpa