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Potsdamer Platz

Discover the culture capital of west Berlin and the new development and modern reconstruction it has to offer
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  Potsdamer Platz is one of the more lively districts in west Berlin, with many new developments in recent years. You can find more... more »

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Points of Interest

Potsdamer Platz is one of the larger public transportation hubs, where the S-Bahn and the U-Bahn cross. Once you leave the station, most people head west to the Sony Center, Kulturforum or the Arkaden Mall, but there are worthwhile attractions to the west (including pieces of the wall) toward Mitte.

In the late fall, there is a spectacular... More

2. Sony Center

The Sony Center opened in 2000 and is quite spectacular to put it simply. Almost this entire area was completely destroyed or damaged during World War II. After the wall was built, this area was known as "No Man's Land" and nothing was reconstructed. After the fall of the wall in 1989, new and impressive buildings began to spring up.

The... More

3. Sculpture

You will find this sculpture just before reaching the Tiergarden, which was originally meant as a hunting grounds for the king of Prussia. The sculpture is large enough that you can walk between either side through the entire length.

The Berlin Philharmonic was voted No. 3 out of the top 10 European orchestras in 2006, and has remained one of the top orchestras in Europe since. The orchestra was founded in 1882 and continues to play today. If you have the time to get tickets, it makes for an unforgettable night.

Be aware: Germans like their encores and the orchestra has known... More

The Kulturforum was west Berlin's answers to Museum Island in the east after WWII. East Berlin had its own culture center consisting of several renowned museums, and the west needed its own since it was difficult (or impossible) to cross between East and West Berlin at the time.

The Kulturforum is home to the Berlin Philharmonic, the City Library... More

This Neo-Romanesque church was constructed in 1846 when the population was rapidly expanding and there was high demand for another parish.

During World War II the entire Potsdamer Platz area was destroyed (this is why you see so many modern buildings), but this church remained much more intact. After being reconstructed in 1960 with a new... More

7. Arkaden Shopping Mall

This large shopping mall lies just south of the Sony Center and Bahn stations and houses a number of shops as well as an IMAX theater, musical theater and casino.

Address: Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, Alte Potsdamer Strasse 7
Phone: 030 - 25 59 27 69
Hours: (Both Shops and Restaurants) Daily 10am - 9pm, (during Advent 1pm - 8pm)