Berlin travel guide


Berlin Travel Guide

Potsdamer Platz

This resonant square is the nucleus and soul of the 'New Berlin', which has appeared since the fall of the wall in 1989. The primary square was once one of the busiest junctions in Europe with a principal train station sited on it. Nevertheless after injury during the Second World War and being cut through by the divisive wall, it became a decayed wasteland. Since the fall of the wall, nevertheless, a building boom has been taking place around the Potsdamer Platz, which now boasts an interesting mix of restaurants, shopping centres, hotels, a casino, theatres and cinemas that draws both Berliners and tourists seeking good food and recreation.

Nucleus of the square is the 22-storey Debis Haus, designed by Renzo Piano, showing an atrium with cathedral-like dimensions, and its neighbouring Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, a shopping mall with an Imax cinema. The Sony Centre is the freshest addition, containing seven buildings around a light-flooded arena, which also houses Berlin's popular Film Museum. The Kollhoff building presents a panorama platform, reached by Europe's fastest express elevator, which gives views of the city.


Opening time: The panorama platform is open daily 11am to 8pm

Admission: Panorama platform: 3.50

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