Kurfürstendamm : Michelin's recommendations
The Kurfürstendamm or the «Causeway of the Elector Princes» only took on an urban appearance in 1886, under Bismarck, who wanted to make Berlin as brilliant a city as Hausmann's Paris. In fact, the Kurfürstendamm, with the Memorial Church, became the centre of the new expanding Western middle-class districts, and immediately after the First World War, toppled Unter den Linden and Friedrichstrasse as the centre of fashionable, cultural and night life. Opulent buildings, with small gardens in front, were built there. Some still remain. They contain 200-300m2 apartments, equipped with every modern comfort. With cafés, theatres, select tea rooms and particularly grand cinemas, like the Palast am Zoo or the Gloria-Palast, the district was caught up in a whirl of pleasures and participated in the intellectual and artistic flowering between the wars. Goebbels did not cease to battle against this effervescence from 1926 onwards. After the war, the Kurfürstendamm was ruined, but was quickly reconstructed to become the shop-window of West Berlin. Even if this is not the most authentic district of the capital, it is still fascinating, especially at night, when it is lit by its many illuminated signs, and with its cinemas, cafés and elegant boutiques, it constitutes a cosmopolitan artery which is very pleasant to wander through.
- Address : Kurfürstendamm D - 10719 Berlin10719Berlin
- Prices : free of charge