Berlin's grandest boulevard stretches east-west for just over a mile between Schlossplatz and the Brandenburg Gate. ... More
Unter den Linden
Berlin's grandest boulevard stretches east-west for just over a mile between Schlossplatz and the Brandenburg Gate. Originally conceived as a simple riding path between Berliner Schloss and the royal hunting ground in Tiergarten, Unter den Linden was transformed into a splendid regal boulevard by the 18th century Prussian kings. Named after the Linden trees which line its central aisle, the road contains many of Berlin's landmark buildings like the Brandenburg Gate, Zeughaus, Kronprinzenpalast, State Opera House and Humboldt University. The statue of Frederick The Great also sits here; one of Rauch's masterpieces, depicting the king riding on his favorite horse, Condè, wearing his coronation robes.
If you can possibly visit during the second half of June, the linden (US basswood, UK lime-but not the citrus fruit) trees are in bloom. They have a lovely, subtle smell that perfumes the air all around. This street was in East Berlin, but since reunification, it has attracted redevelopment suitable for what was once among the most important boulevards in Europe. Today, the Kurf�rstendamm is more about retail stores, and Unter den Linden is more about massive institutions.
Many visitors overlook the Neue Wache building, dedicated to an unknown soldier. In East German times, an honor guard stood before the building, but the spot is much less prominent today.
Not only are the Brandenberg Gate and the Reichstag nearby, there's the (smaller) Berlin-Guggenheim museum and the Bebelplatz book-burning memorial. Construction diverts some of the busses and streetcars, so plan to get here by Underground or walking, if possible. A few blocks away are the major museums of the Museum Insel (island.) It's too far to walk, but the Checkpoint Charlie and Jewish Museum (architect Daniel Liebeskind) are a few subway stops away.
This is such a splendid intro to Berlin. It starts with the Brandenburger Tor, you get to see a few embassies, then Humbolt Universit�t with a nice platz in the middle. Continue on a bit to the Lustgarten and Berliner Dom. Your jaw will be dropping the whole time.
The walk gives you a great sense of Berlin's historical, cultural, architectural, and academic pride. For me it also exemplified Berlin's urban layout - jam packed with monstrous buildings but still wide open so you don't feel claustrophobic.
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