You haven't seen Berlin if you haven't been to Kurfürstendamm. The world-famous boulevard in the west of the city, called "Kudamm", is not only a bustling promenade, but is also architecturally and culturally interesting.
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It is one of the most famous streets in the world, the lifeline of the City West and shopping mile number one in Berlin: the 3.5 kilometer boulevard Kurfürstendamm between Breitscheidplatz and Halensee.
Cafés, department stores and luxury brands
On the wide sidewalks you can stroll along elegant shop windows or settle down in one of the numerous cafés. At the corner of Joachimsthaler Straße, Berlin is a world metropolis, large department stores and fashion stores line up around the Gedächtniskirche, while famous luxury brands present their exclusive range in the direction of Olivaer Platz.
Once a bridle path for the Electors...
The street was built in the middle of the 16th century as a bridle path for the Electors into the Grunewald. At the request of Reich Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, from 1886 it became Kurfürstendamm: a 53-metre wide boulevard with theatres, cafés and shops, based on the French model. Noble residential addresses in magnificent Wilhelminian style buildings still adorn the side streets today.
...now a shopping mile with modern architecture
At Kurfürstendamm, old and new architecture meet almost seamlessly. Behind the famous Café Kranzler on the corner of Joachimsthaler Straße - a low-rise building from the 1950s - the new Kranzler-Eck was built at the turn of the century, a glass skyscraper according to the plans of architect Helmut Jahn. A shopping arcade connects the boulevard with Kantstraße. Opposite, at the corner of Joachimsthaler Straße, a ten-storey hotel was built. The semicircular building called "Kudamm-Eck" was planned by Gerkan, Marg & Partner and contains shops and a hotel.
Listed buildings and luxury hotels
The Zoofenster ("zoo window") was opened in 2012: a 118-metre-high building between Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Kantstraße and Zoo Station. The high-rise designed by Frankfurt architect Christoph Mäckler houses the luxury hotel Waldorf Astoria Berlin. The restored Haus Cumberland is also worth seeing. The listed building between Bleibtreustraße and Schlüterstraße dates from the beginning of the 20th century and is today a business and residential building with an originally restored façade.
The Käthe Kollwitz Museum and the Literaturhaus Berlin with a nice café in the garden are located in the immediate vicinity of Kurfürstendamm in Fasanenstraße.