Frederick Street, Berlin


A dazzling street of contrasts. Although the Frederick Street (Friedrichstrasse) in Berlin is considerably younger than the city itself, it occupies an important place in the history and present of Berlin.

Named after the Elector of Brandenburg

Named after the Elector of Brandenburg, Frederick III, later King of Prussia. The Frederick Street soon formed an important trading place after its Grüdung, dominated by the craftsmanship of the Huguenots.

Extension of the Road

The successor of Frederick III, Friedrich Wilhelm I, continued the expansion of the road to the present end, the Oranienburger gate. In the course of time important historical events occurred, such as the fights in the course of the March revolution in Frederick Street.

Sights in large numbers

As a result, Berlin’s sights in large numbers and density, such as Checkpoint Charlie or the Admiral’s palace, lined up in this street. Also other buildings of German history, as an example is called the Tear palace, find their place in the Frederick Street.

Two opposing districts

At the end of the 20th century, a centre of prostitution in Berlin, the Frederick Street in its present extent from the Mehringplatz to the Oranienburger gate forms a bridge between two opposing parts of the town, the district of Kreuzberg and the government district Berlin Mitte.

East and West Berlin

Twenty years ago, the road connected two more contrasting areas, namely “East and West Berlin”. The Frederick Street, a street in the heart of Berlin as changeable as the times it endures.


  • Friedrichstraße 1
  • 10117 Berlin Mitte

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