Mitte: Dorotheenstadt and Friedrichstadt

Mitte: Dorotheenstadt and Friedrichstadt

The neighborhoods Dorotheenstadt and Friedrichstadt offer many sights and shopping facilities as well as exclusive apartments.

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    View of the German Cathedral on the Gendarmenmarkt
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    Designer Stella Gyamfi-Poku comes from her jewelry shop in the Galeries Lafayette and walks along Friedrichstraße.
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    People walk under the shady trees on Unter den Linden in Berlin to the Brandenburg Gate.
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    Schlossbrücke with the Berlin Cathedral and television tower in the background
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    St. Hedwig's Cathedral
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    The Staatskapelle Berlin plays under the direction of Daniel Barenboim on Bebelplatz.
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    A statue in front of Humboldt University commemorates Alexander von Humboldt
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    View of the prefabricated buildings on Voßstraße
Dorotheenstadt and Friedrichstadt are located in the southwest and west of Berlin-Mitte and are bordered by the river Spree and the adjacent Kreuzberg.

Friedrichstraße

The most important streets of the area are Friedrichstraße, Französische Straße, and the boulevard Unter den Linden. Friedrichstraße was named after King Frederick I and runs from Mehringplatz to Chausseestraße at the Oranienburg Gate. It was the first business and entertainment street as well as the main traffic artery of the Berlin city center. These days, it is home to many elegant and luxurious shops, offices, apartment buildings, embassies, and cultural institutions. More affordable shopping is possible in one of the larger chain stores and department stores on Friedrichstraße.

Unter den Linden

Berlin's magnificent boulevard Unter den Linden stretches from Brandenburg Gate on Pariser Platz to Schlossbrücke over a length of one and a half kilometres and a width of 60 metres. It was built in 1573 as a riding and hunting trail between the city palace and the zoological gardens for the elector Johann Georg. Following the Dutch model, it was planted with lime and nut trees.

Bebelplatz and St. Hedwig's Cathedral

The Forum Fridericianum (today's Bebelplatz) adjoining Museum Island was built in the 18th century by Friedrich II. Originally planned as the architectural center of Prussia, the Forum Fridericianum today houses the Opera House of the Berlin State Opera (the second opera house on the boulevard next to the Komische Oper), St. Hedwig's Cathedral (the first Catholic church in Berlin), the Royal Library (State Library) and the Prince Heinrich Palais of Humboldt University.

Pariser Platz

It was not until after 1871 that the street developed into a promenade with hotels, restaurants, cafés, and shops. The famous Hotel Adlon was built here in 1906. During the Second World War a large part of the buildings were destroyed. The hotel was partially restored and gaps were filled with functional and administrative buildings during the GDR era. After the fall of the Wall, a new redesign process began and Pariser Platz got its original floor plan back. All of the local green spaces were also redesigned according to historical models and supplemented with modern street furniture. Shops rejoined the various embassies located here and the buildings of the German Bundestag.

Gendarmenmarkt with Concert Hall

Via Französische Straße you can reach Gendarmenmarkt, one of the most beautiful squares in Berlin. The Berlin Concert Hall (Konzerthaus) is flanked by the French and German Cathedrals. You will find numerous restaurants, shops, and hotels in the area around the square.

Last edited: 14. July 2021

Portrait of Mitte