The recently restored home of the former Felix Meritus Society (happiness through achievement), is a typical building of the Enlightenment, and indeed its Neoclassical architecture arose one year before the French Revolution, 1788. It housed a society dedicated to the study and promotion of economics, science, painting, music, and literature. It has an observatory and concert hall (Robert and Clara Schumann performed here twice). After the dissolution of the society in
1888, it was owned by printers, occupied by the Communist Party, and then became a venue for performing arts under the name Shaffy Theater. It's now a European Centre for Arts, Culture, and Science (and that's Culture with a very big C). Readings, panels, and discussions are hosted here with the aim of promoting international cultural exchange. Drop by to pick up a program or a coffee in its café with huge windows overlooking the canal.