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Berlin - Around Town - Central Berlin: Unter den Linden (part 2) - Best of the Rest, Shops

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A Day of Culture

Morning

Unter den Linden begins at Pariser Platz in front of Brandenburger Tor . Stroll eastwards along the wide avenue, past Hotel Adlon Berlin. Then turn right into Wilhelmstraße , the former political nerve centre. On the right-hand side you will pass the new building of the British Embassy. In Behrenstraße you can see the Holocaust-Denkmal. Turn left into Französische Straße, which will take you to Friedrichstraße. Here you can shop at the Galeries Lafayette or in the Department Store 206 . After your shopping expedition, you may wish to recover over a snack lunch in the gourmet food department, which is situated in the basement of Galeries Lafayette.

Afternoon

Before you continue your exploration of Friedrichstraße, make a detour to Gendarmenmarkt with its Konzerthaus as well as Deutscher and Französischer Dom. From here return to Friedrichstraße and its modern buildings. Walk down the street to Leipziger Straße. Turn left into Leipziger Straße, and on the left you will see the giant structure of the former Ministry of Aviation. Today the Federal Ministry of Finance is based here. From here you can retrace your steps to Unter den Linden or return to Gendarmenmarkt. An evening meal at the Italian restaurant Malatesta is highly recommended.

A Day of Culture

Morning

Start your stroll on Unter den Linden, at the corner of Friedrichstraße. Once this spot was one of Berlin’s liveliest street junctions, and there is still plenty to see today. For breakfast or refreshments, pop into Café Einstein . Afterwards continue eastwards along the boulevard; you will pass numerous fascinating buildings, for example, on the right, the Deutsche Bank with the Kunstmuseum Deutsche Guggenheim . From here you can already see the equestrian statue of Frederick the Great, which marks the centre of Forum Fridericianum . This area as well as Bebelplatz are right in the centre of Old Berlin, with Staatsoper, St Hedwigskathedrale, Altes Palais and Humboldt-Universität. You could have lunch in one of the restaurants based in the Opernpalais.

Afternoon

In the afternoon continue your stroll along Unter den Linden and, if you like, make a detour to the north to Museumsinsel . Afterwards, if you still feel energetic enough, you could visit Berliner Dom. Opposite the cathedral you will see Schlossplatz ; with its floating “White Cube” art museum. You could round off your day of sightseeing in Mitte with a delicious evening meal at Dressler Unter den Linden . To get there, just retrace your steps and return along Unter den Linden in a westerly direction.

Best of the Rest

  1. DDR Museum

    This museum of everyday life in East Germany recreates socialist interiors and displays examples of East German design, including a Trabant car one can sit in.

    • Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1

    • 030 847 12 37 31

    DDR Museum
  2. The Kennedys

    A museum dedicated to the Kennedy family, including hundreds of photographs and many items of memorabilia.

  3. WMF-Haus

    The former headquarters of the porcelain and cutlery manufacturer WMF has remarkable façades, decorated with beautiful mosaics.

    • Leipziger Str., corner Mauerstr.

  4. Alte Kommandantur

    Designed by Schinkel, this impressive classicist building houses the Berlin offices of media company Bertelsmann.

    • Unter den Linden 1

  5. Maxim-Gorki-Theater

    The renowned theatre was once Berlin’s Singakademie, or singing school. Paganini and Liszt, among others, performed here.

    • Am Festungsgraben 2

    • 030 20 22 11 29

  6. S-Bahnhof Friedrichstraße

    Remodelled several times, this has always been one of Berlin’s most famous stations. In 1961–89, it was the principal crossing point between East and West.

    • Friedrichstr.

  7. Admiralspalast

    Berlin’s most legendary venue, dating from the 1920s, stages musicals and comedy shows.

  8. Palais am Festungsgraben

    The Baroque palace of 1753 has maintained its original elegant interior.

    • Am Festungsgraben 1

    • 030 208 40 00

  9. Komische Oper

    One of Germany’s most magnificent opera houses, dating from 1892, is concealed behind a modern façade. All performances are in German.

    • Behrenstr. 55–57

    • 030 47 99 74 00

    Komische Oper
  10. Dalí Museum

    A rotating exhibition of some 400 works by the 20th century surrealist, including drawings, illustrated books, paintings and sculptures.

Shops

  1. Galeries Lafayette

    Berlin’s most attractive shop is the only branch of the luxury French store in Germany. Here you will find elegant fashion and gourmet foods on the lower level.

    • Friedrichstr. 76–78

    • 10am–8pm Mon–Sat

    • 030 20 94 80

    Fashion at Galeries Lafayette
  2. Department Store 206

    Stylish Berliners shop here for up-to-the-minute and top-of-the-range designer clothes.

    • Friedrichstr. 1

    • 11am–8pm Mon–Fri, 10am–6pm Sat

    • 030 20 94 68 00

  3. Quartier 206

    Apart from the department stores, many top designer shops, such as Gucci and DKNY, are based in Friedrichstadtpassagen.

    • Friedrichstr.

    In Quartier 206
  4. Fundus Verkauf

    This shop offers theatre paraphernalia (old costumes, for example), that make ideal souvenirs.

    • Behrenstr. 14

    • 030 20 45 02 03

  5. Fassbender & Rausch

    Giant chocolate sculptures of Reichstag and Brandenburger Tor adorn the windows and tempt visitors into this shop, a chocaholic’s paradise.

    • Charlottenstr. 60

    • 030 20 45 84 40

  6. Berlin Story

    Almost anything you’ve ever wanted to read about Berlin as well as photographs and souvenirs are available from Herr Giebel, who knows the town like no one else.

    • Unter den Linden 26

    • 030 20 45 38 42

  7. Kulturkaufhaus Dussmann

    This multi-media store is a mecca for culture-junkies, offering everything from good books to computer games, and also boasting a large section of classical music on CD. The store is also open in the evening.

    • Friedrichstr. 90

    • 030 202 50

  8. Budapester Schuhe

    Small branch of a chain, selling quality men’s shoes.

    • Friedrichstr. 81

    • 030 20 38 81 10

  9. Escada

    Stylish design for women, boasting a fantastic selection of luxurious materials.

    • Friedrichstr. 176–179

    • 030 238 64 43

  10. Bucherer

    This is a well-known jeweller that sells quality watches and jewellery in this luxury outlet.

    • Friedrichstr. 176–179

    • 030 204 10 49

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