Kurfürstendamm

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Kurfürstendamm is probably the most famous shopping street in Berlin, perhaps even in the whole of Germany. The street in West Berlin is about 3500 meters long. It starts at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and heads west. You find many shops at the Ku’damm, as the Berliners often say to the Kurfürstendamm. On the one hand almost all luxury chains of the world are represented with shops. But there are also many normal shops and department stores, branches of all chains whether Karstadt, C&A, DM-Drogerie or McDonald’s.

The most important buildings on Kurfürstendamm Berlin are right at the beginning. Without a doubt, these include the famous Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The church houses an exhibition on the horrors of war and National Socialism. The Gedächtniskirche Berlin /German name) was built between 1891 and 1895 in the style of neo-romanticism to commemorate Emperor Wilhelm I. The church was built in the same period.

Breitscheidplatz is right next to the church. At the end of 2016, it became sadly famous due to an attack with 12 dead on the Christmas market taking place there.

A little further up Kurfürstendamm you come to Cafe Kranzler, the most famous cafe in Berlin. From the many window seats you have a good view of the Ku’damm from the 2nd floor.

Cafe Kranzler Kurfürstendamm, Berlin

In this area, still at the beginning of Kurfürstendamm, there are mainly shops for middle-class people such as department stores and the big German clothing chains such as C&A, Peek & Cloppenburg and many more. The further you go up Kurfürstendamm, the more luxury shops you will see. There are expensive jewellers and branches of for example Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Bvlgari and many more.

On the Kurfürstendamm there are also theatres, cinemas, many cafes and restaurants. The most famous of the modern cafes is the Hard Rock Cafe Berlin. There used to be many more cinemas than there are today. The number of cinemas dying here is particularly high. But there is still a lot going on on the Ku’damm day and night. The prices in the gastronomy are generally somewhat higher than in most other areas of Berlin. Famous in Berlin is Curry Wolf Berlin, right at the beginning of the Ku’damm (corner Rankestraße). Here you will find the best currywurst of Berlin (2,80 Euro with rolls at the beginning of 2019).

Documentary short film about the Ku’damm

Video from Youtube (5 minutes) about the Kurfüstendamm

Approach Kurfürstendamm

The road is very long, there are several underground stations. The station “Kurfürstendamm” (U1 and U9) is at the very beginning of the boulevard. About 300 meters further west is the underground station “Uhlandstraße” (U9). If you walk another kilometre up Kurfürstendamm you will reach Adenauerplatz station (U7). Almost at the end of the long streets is the S-Bahn station Halensee (S41 and S46).

In addition, many bus lines, such as the M19 and M29, go up and down Kurfürstendamm, even at night.

Near the Kurfürstendamm

A little north of the Ku’damm is the Bahnhof Zoo and the Zoo Berlin, one of the two large zoos in the city of Berlin. The aquarium at the zoo is also very interesting. Behind the zoo is the large Tiergarten Berlin city park. (not a zoo as the name suggests, but a park).

Those who are not tired of shopping should definitely visit the KaDeWe department store, the biggest shop in Germany. On 8 floors there is above all luxury. It is only 200 meters away from the beginning of the Ku’damm, in east direction (Wittenbergplatz).

Well-known song about the Kurfürstendamm

Great song; Hildegard Knef “Heimweh nach dem Kurfürstendamm” from the year 1963

 

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