Friedrichstraße (Frederick Street)

Friedrichstraße (Frederick Street)
Source:         Photographer: Jörn-Schulz

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The ‘Friedrichstraße’ is one of the most famous streets in all of Berlin. Due to the partition of East and West Berlin, the Berlin wall ran directly through this street, splitting it into an ‘East-side’ and a ‘West-side’. The world renowned ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ was also located here – a border crossing point that became a symbol of the Cold War. It can still be seen today.

Presently the Friedrichstraße forms a boundary between the ‘Mitte’ and ‘Kreuzberg’ districts of Berlin and functions as an imaginary line between the eastern and western parts of Berlin. The street is approximately 3.5 kilometres long and is home to numerous cafes, theatres and other places of entertainment. Consequently for those visiting the city, it is one of the most popular starting points.

Not only is the street itself worth seeing, but also the Friedrichstraße train station which is now fully restored, and represents a monument of the Cold War and the division between East and West. Particularly well known – even far beyond the borders of Berlin is the former ‘terminal’ hall of the station. This was named as the ‘Tränenpalast’ (‘Palace of Tears’), named both on the basis that it is fraught with meaning but also because heart-wrenching farewells took place here.

For those who like to go to the theatre this is the right place for them. In 2006 next to the world famous Friedrichstadtpalast and its Reyue-Theatre, the Admiral’s Palace was opened after lengthy restoration work. Theatre lovers will also get their money’s worth here.

Friedrichstraße Quartier 206
Source:         Photographer: Biggi

Also for shopping-fans the Friedrichstraße has meanwhile become the number one shopping location in Berlin. There are countless department stores in which you can shop to your heart’s desire and as much as your purse allows. Particularly noteworthy is the department store ‘Galerie Lafayette’ which is already known by all those acquainted with the upper-class French society. The department store’s food hall is considered to be one of the best in the world.

For those who prefer to shop Designer’, should visit Quartier 206 – a particular shopping arcade, in which boutiques from world famous designers stand side by side. Modern Berlin is a-buzz here.

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