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Destination Berlin: Friedrichstrasse

The street named after Emperor Frederick I of Prussia, is one of the main streets of the city in which, despite the change imposed by time and history, the past continues to reverberate. In the past, the longest way in the German capital (3.5 km) was the street of the finest shops, the luxury hotels and buildings with beautiful facades.

In Friedrichstrasse there was also room for fun and artistic activities. Theatrical performances, variety, comedies entertained the audience of Berlin in the 20s and even today the presence of some of those theaters (Berliner Ensemble, Metropol -Theater) testifies to the street’s vocation for the show.

The tragedy of the war and the madness of the Wall

The end of World War II and the construction of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the beautiful street. The building of the Wall (1961) broke the road, turned then into the border point between the American and Soviet occupation zone. The Friedrichstrasse S-Bahn station became the last station before the border to West Berlin, going from east to west. Because of the painful divisions that were consumed here, the same was renamed Tränenpalast, or the Palace of Tears.

Beginning in September of '61, on Fredrichstrasse was established the Checkpoint Charlie, crossing border for members of the Allied armed forces, the theater on the day of October 27, 1961 the so-called "Panzerkonfrontation" (tanks’ confrontation) that held their breath pending worldwide. Today, to remember the former crossing point (besides the pantomime for tourists with a reconstructed cabin and people in military uniform), a panel with the historical path of the Wall and the installation of an artistic work composed of portraits of an American and a Soviet soldier who look into each other's territory. In the immediate vicinity it is the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie with a permanent exhibition on the history of the Wall.

Fredrichstrasse today

After the fall of the Wall Friedrichstrasse has risen. The artery, focal point of Berlin's reconstruction, has returned to shine imposing itself as the most chic shopping streets.

Glittering with its exclusive and refined local boutiques, impressive in commercial and residential buildings, whimsical in the new post-reunification architecture, Friedrichstrasse is again the most exclusive street in Berlin. A walk along this avenue, crowded with tourists and bars, full of stylish shops and luxurious cafes, just to make that clear.

The Berlin artery is a true paradise for those who love to shop. There's something for everyone: high fashion enthusiasts, luxury and sophistication lovers. The Friedrichstadtpassagen complex is a three-block system, linked by a shopping arcade. Ideal places for shopping but also shining examples of post-reunification architectural revolution. The District 207, the glass tower block with rounded corners and the atrium that tapers downwards, is home to the headquarters of Berlin's Galeries Lafayette. The transparency of the building combined with the game of lights, creates a special mirror effect that gives the place a special charm, transforming shopping into an inspiring experience.

Elegant and extravagant, with a touch of Art Deco style, is the District 206 with its designer boutiques (Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Moschino, Bottega Veneta). More sober, however, the District 205, a geometric and monolithic mass but not without charm.

USEFULL INFO

Opening hours: open air

Admission: free

How to reach: Metro Französische Straße (U6)

Juri

Born in Riccione, a seaside town on the Italian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Of Italian father and a Russian mother, I always define myself a crossroads of cultures, in fact I never identified with a nationality, considering myself a real world citizen.
From the early years of life I've traveled, living periods of time abroad, experiences that have further increased my openness towards the new and the different, and the ability to think outside the box.
I'm graduated Expert for Tourism, and continued hmy studies with a Masters Degree in Economics and Management. During and after the studies, I had a multitude of different jobs, mostly oriented towards tourism (my true passion, together with art and opera). Since 2008 I lives in Milan, working in the finance department of an Italian multinational company.
My passion for culture, led me to found in 2013, Kitabu, a publishing house specializing in the publication of books in electronic format, with which in 2015 I launched various projects regarding web-based magazines about different cultural and leisure themes, on of wich is TravelTv.
Despite the many commitments, however, I've never stopped traveling extensively the world, trying in every place to identify myself with the local population.

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