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Kurfürstendamm Berlin

Kurfürstendamm Berlin

The famous Kurfürstendamm Berlin, which was the focal point of West Berlin during the Cold War, lost its image as the showcase of the western world after the rise of the Potsdamer Platz, however not its appeal and charm and is still a crowded place where different groups of people and business units come together. There are many places in Berlin where the city environment is dominated by history like the Museum Island and some other parts of the city or, quite the opposite, the historical face is overshadowed by modernity, even though the historical side has a strong presence. However, the Kurfürstendamm, which is not only a famous international shopping and entertainment center, but (in my opinion) even the most beautiful boulevard in whole of Europe, has an interlocking appearance of historical and modern urban expression. In World War II the street experienced extreme harm caused by air attacks and the Battle of Berlin. After the war many buildings were restored or reconstructed true to the original, whereby the large part of the historical appearance of the environment was preserved. Nevertheless, as mentioned above, the Kurfürstendamm provides also many modern aspects. Many travel blogs or advisors recommend activities such as “what to do in Berlin in three days” and introduce some routes and programs, that also consist sightseeing tours by bus. But, I have not observed anyone, whether a travel blog nor an agency, suggesting walking through the Ku’damm and exploring it that way, which makes much more fun than a sightseeing tour by bus, provided its a sunny day or clear night. Besides the interesting and various kind of architecture, there are hotels, restaurants, theaters and cinemas on the Kurfürstendamm, as well as various shops and department stores like C & A and Wertheim. The Kurfürstendamm, with an approximate length of 3.5 km, branches off from the Breitscheidplatz, where the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church and the Europa Center building are located. The Europa Center building is a shopping and business center with around 70 retail shops and is a landmark for the former West Berlin. The Kurfürstendamm U-Bahn station and the Swissôtel Berlin are close to the Breitscheidplatz. One U-Bahn station farther you arrive the Uhlandstraße U-Bahn station. The Kempinski hotel, which was considered as the highest class of hotels during the Cold War in West Berlin, is close to the Uhlandstraße. On the Kurfürstendamm are several luxury boutiques from world-renowned fashion brands. Among them are: Aigner, Bally, Bogner Bottega, Bulgari, Burberry, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Escada, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton, Maurice Lacroix, Maybach, Mulberry, Philipp Klein, Porsche Design, Prada, Rolex, Salvatore Ferragamo, Steiff, Valentino, Versace, Zill etc.

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