Berlin: an overview

From Alex to Ku’Damm, to Potsdamer Platz: one capital, many centres

Let’s start our visit with an overview of those fundamental places where the tumultuous events of recent history took place and radically changed the face of the city. The fragmentary and often contradictory character of German history is indeed recognizable in the unconventional architectural development of its modern, polycentric capital.

We will visit the most important historical landmarks: Alexanderplatz, world famous socialist icon, the Cathedral and the Museum Island, the avenue Unter den Linden, the Brandenburg Gate, the elegant Gendarmenmarkt square with the Konzerthaus and twin French Cathedral and German Cathedral churches, and the futuristic Potsdamer Platz, designed by internationally renowned architects after the fall of the Wall.

Today, the lively heart of West Berlin is the City West, with its long shopping avenue, the Kurfürstendamm (Ku’damm), and the ruins of the Memorial Church, with its bizarre and fragmentary structure. Originally erected in honor of Kaiser Wilhelm I, the Gedächtniskirche stands today as a memorial against the horrors of war. The new church is made of blue glass, symbolizing the rebirth of the city itself after World War II.

Suggested duration: 4 or 8 hours