Berlin must-sees: Unter Den Linden

16 08 2007

Unter den Linden Boulevard stretches from Brandenburg Gate to Schlossbrücke (palace bridge), at the heart of Berlin’s Mitte quarter. It exists since 1573, but rose to importance under Friedrich the Great. The linden trees (lime) were cut down by Hitler’s order (he had very different plans for that place). The buildings were pretty much destroyed in WW2. Some were reconstructed, others built anew. The trees were of course planted again.

Unter den Linden.

Linden trees, btw, are associated with an ancient Nordic goddess named Freyja, which is considered to be the goddess of love, lust, life, fortune, truth (and all sort of things, some nice, some less). The trees are also supposed to have, if you believe in such stuff, some protective power against evil and catastrophe.

There is a lot to see on this one boulevard. For starters, when you walk from the Brandenburg Gate eastwards, you have the Russian embassy on your right (and several other embassies nearby, such as the British, the Hungarian etc, and the US embassy is planning to return there somewhen).

Walk a little further along the boulevard, and you will see on your left the famous Einstein Café, to which we’ll dedicate an entry of its own. Later on you have the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin (Unter den Linden 13-15), Staatsbibliothek (State Library, at no. 8), Kronprinzenpalais (Unter den Linden 3), German History Museum (Unter den Linden 2) and also the Zeughaus (arsenal), the Humboldt University, Bebelplatz, Alte Bibliothek (old library), St. Hedwig cathedral and the Neue Wache memorial. And later on you get to the Berliner Dom and Museum Insel. Some of these deserve further attention (or at least we gave them further attention. I’m sure they’re all fascinating).

Also, on Unter den Linden 40 (near Einstein Café) you can find a very nice store called “Berlin Story“, in which you can find many books about Berlin, including maps and guides, and all sorts of souvenirs (not to be confused with the “Story of Berlin” museum on Ku’damm). And the boulevard is crammed with other souvenir shops, cafés and restaurants.



4 responses to “Berlin must-sees: Unter Den Linden”

7 09 2007
Berlin O philia » Strasse des 17. Juni (17th June Street) (02:18:25) :

[…] subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!The 17th June Street is the western continuation of Unter den Linden, which runs east-west through Tiergarten. At its eastern end is the Brandenburg Gate, and at the […]

13 10 2007
Berlin O philia » Berlin must-sees: Bebelplatz (05:30:11) :

[…] here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Bebelplatz (Bebel square) on Unter den Linden was designed by Frederick the Great, who became ruler of Germany in 1740, and was a great patron of […]

19 05 2008
Berlinstory (10:09:29) :

Thank you for mentioning our shop. We moved recently to number 26. Hope to see you soon in the new location.

19 05 2008
Wieland Giebel (10:15:48) :

Berlin Story moved to Unter den Linden 26. Please check our website again and please visit us and perhaps let me know when you will come, Wieland
0177 852 09 88

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