The events of the past have left their mark on the cityscape - and the city is still changing today. "Berlin is always in the process of becoming", remarked historian Karl Scheffler, and this is one of the traits that makes it one of Europe’s most vibrant, exciting and colourful capitals. Berlin has a vibe all of its own, and wherever you go, you can experience the pulsating life on the boulevards, in the art galleries and at the flea markets, and in the city’s 300 clubs and 7,000 bars and restaurants - many of which are open around the clock.
Go shopping or just window-shopping at over a dozen shopping malls, on the main shopping streets (Kurfürstendamm or Friedrichstrasse) or at the more quirky shops in Kreuzberg, Mitte or Prenzlauer Berg districts. KaDeWe, the famous department store on Wittenberg Platz, is the largest store on the European mainland - a shoppers’ paradise on six floors. Galeries Lafayette in Friedrichstrasse brings a frisson of French elegance to the city. Malls such as the Arkaden on Potsdamer Platz and the Europa Center on Breitscheidplatz offer great shopping even in bad weather.
Kurfürstendamm (also known as Ku`damm) runs from the Memorial Church to Lake Halensee, which marks the beginning of the exclusive "villa district" in the west of Berlin. The top end of Ku’damm is packed with department stores and fashion boutiques, and is a shopping paradise for young and old alike.
Kaufhaus des Westens on Wittenberg Platz - The largest department store in continental Europe offers a huge variety of international designer labels. It has everything the heart desires, from jewellery and porcelain to ladies’ and men’s fashions. No visit would be complete without a trip to the legendary food hall on the sixth floor.
Potsdamer Platz - A new shopping centre has been created right at the new centre of Berlin, on Potsdamer Platz. In a modern architectural setting, the three-storey mall boasts fashions, designer accessories, shoes and much, much more
Brandenburg Gate, the TV tower on Alexanderplatz - a 368-metre observation tower with rotating restaurant; Memorial Church on Kurfürstendamm, Gendarmenmarkt square - a beautiful and harmonious architectural synthesis with the Konzerthaus concert hall, the German Cathedral and the French Cathedral; the dome of the Reichstag - fascinating architecture and splendid views of the government quarter and the city centre; Hackesche Höfe - Berlin’s famous nightlife; Potsdamer Platz - ultra-modern buildings, shops, entertainment and commercial centre.
Brandenburg Gate is Berlin’s most famous landmark and a symbol of division overcome. For many years it stood in no man’s land next to the Berlin Wall and was reopened on 22 December 1989, following the fall of the Wall. The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Kurfürstendamm is a memorial to peace and reconciliation and symbol of Berlin’s determination to rebuild during the post-war era.
The Reichstag is the German parliament building and, with its new glass cupola designed by Sir Norman Foster, has become one of Berlin’s most popular attractions. The Federal Chancellery is one of the most impressive buildings in the newly built government quarter. The large white building is part of the "Band des Bundes", or "ribbon of government" that links the new buildings and creates an architectural dialogue with the historical Reichstag.
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