The Kurfürstendamm, Berlin


The Kurfürstendamm runs on a length of 3.5 kilometers from the Breitscheidplatz in the western direction to the Rathenauplatz in Grunewald. The road was built in the 16th century. century as electoral riding.

Connection to the Grunewald hunting lodge

Joachim II, Elector of the Used the connection to get to the Grunewald hunting lodge. Since 1767 the name “Churfürsten Damm” has been documented. For almost ten years, Otto von Bismarck fought to expand the horse-riding to a big city boulevard.

The Paris Champs-Elysées was a model

1882 Finally, Kaiser Wilhelm I gave the green light for the project, four years later the Boulevard, which was built on the model of the Paris Champs-Elysées, was completed.

Large scale residential buildings were created and numerous shops and restaurants made the Kurfürstendamm a popular shopping and entertainment Boulevard at the time of the Weimar Republic.

II. World War

In the II. World War, much of the buildings were destroyed and the Kurfürstendamm lost its closed historical character.

Shop window of the west

The rebuilding of the Kurfürstendamm made the 55 meter wide Boulevard The “window of the West”. Restaurants, cafes, cinemas and shops shaped the picture. After reunification, the Kurfürstendamm developed more and more into an elegant shopping street.

Café Kranzler & Europa-Center

The ruins of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the modern cultivation of bright blue glass concrete slabs are among the architectural highlights along the Ku’ dam. The café Kranzler stands for tradition, sights and in the Europa-Center no shopping wishes remain unfulfilled.


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