Friedrichstadtpassagen shopping district : Michelin's recommendations
Declared a garrison town in 1657, swelling with the massive arrival of soldiers and Huguenot refugees, Berlin was destined to grow. Dorotheenstadt , the second princely city, was founded on lands belonging to the Great Elector, and baptised in his wife's name. The Friedrichstrasse belongs to this quarter to the north of Unter den Linden. To the south, together with the Leipziger Strasse, it is one of Friedrichstadt main arteries, developed under the reign of Frederick the 1st. In the 18th C, Friedrichstadt is the largest, most populated quarter and the cultural centre of the capital. Friedrichstrasse had lovely two-storey houses where well-off families, poets and intellectuals lived. Everything was torn down after 1870. The street now has hotels, restaurants, cafés, theatres like the Metropol, cabarets, and shops. In-between the two World Wars, it is dethroned by the Kurfürstendamm, but its proximity to the newspaper quarter allowed it to preserve its lively character where small theatres are plentiful and Broadway revues are staged. The rise of the Nazi regime put an end to all of this. Combats were fierce on this road when the city was taken in 1945. Today, with the end of the public works, the quarter is becoming more and more lively and already has a good number of entertainment establishments, once again taking up its traditional role of providing a good place to take refuge in the winter.
- Address : Friedrichstr. 67-76 D - 10969 Berlin10969Berlin
- Prices : free of charge