Kurfürstendamm, the fashion avenue of Berlin

  • Did you like the Champs Elysées when you visited Paris? If so, there is one long avenue waiting for you in Berlin: Kurfürstendamm, colloquially known by the locals as simply Ku’damm. Kurfürstendamm is a 3,5-kilometre-long avenue covered by trees that goes from the Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church to the end of the city centre towards the south. The exact date of the construction of the avenue isn’t known, but it is thought to come from an old corduroy road that led to Grunewald in the 16th century. During the following centuries, Kurfürstendamm would be embellished and remodelled several times until our days. During the Cold War, it already was the main commercial street of West Berlin, and also the site of many public demonstrations. Not all of them were political, though, since the first Love Parade was celebrated there in 1989.
    After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Kurfürstendamm suffered many changes. Several cinemas and cafés had to close, since places like Alexanderplatz, that had been until then in East Berlin, were suddenly a competitor.
    Finally, do you remember the colourful bears of the unique international art project known as the United Buddy Bears? During the summer of 2011, Kurfürstendamm was all spruced up with these bears!
  • The apartments near Kurfürstendamm are located in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf borough of Berlin, a recent borough of the city: It was constituted in 2001 after the merging of the boroughs of Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf. It is a more multi-ethnical part of the city, comparing it to the city centre, since 34% of the population is of no-German origin. Most of your neighbours during your stay in Kurfürstendamm will be German families and professionals of all ages, as well as tourists like yourself. However, you will be able to mingle with the locals in many of the places that we will recommend in the Eating & Nightlife sections later on.
  • Are you ready to make your credit card tremble? Good, because Kurfürstendamm is the best place to put it to work! As we have already mentioned, this long avenue is famous for all the shops haute-couture brands have there, so you are going to be able to do some luxurious fashion shopping! In Kurfürstendamm, you will find Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and many more.
    Besides, you will also find some luxury jewellery shops such as Bulgari or Cartier, and some exclusive car show rooms such as Audi or Porsche. Who said that luxury shopping was only for Paris and Milan?
  • Kurfürstendamm is located a bit far from the city centre, and you will need to use the train or the metro system of Berlin. The good news is that both metro (U-Bahn) and train (S-Bahn) have very extensive networks. You can buy a ticket that you will be able to use in both: you will just need to see what areas of the city you’re visiting so you can decide between the AB or the ABC combined ticket, which include two and three areas of the city, respectively. Along Kurfürstendamm, you can take the metro line U1 at the station Uhlandstrasse and the line U7 at station Adenauerplatz. If you prefer to take the train, depending on where you are in Kurfürstendamm, you will be close to Berlin Charlottenburg Banhof or to the S Banhof Savignyplatz. And, if you’re in the mood for walking, Kurfürstendamm goes up to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and right behind it you will find the beautiful Tiergarten.
  • Kurfürstendamm is mainly a shopping avenue, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t options other than luxury shops! From the apartments near Kurfürstendam, you will be at walking distance of several interesting attractions, such as the impressive Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, an impressive church that was built in the 19th century and almost destroyed during World War II. The unique thing about this church is that it wasn’t rebuilt as a reminder of the horrors endured by the city of Berlin during this time, so it is nowadays a breath-taking church in ruins.
    Besides this, you can also visit The Story of Berlin, an interactive museum about the history of the city, where you will be able to experience, thanks to technology, the daily life of the locals at different times of history.
  • Of course, an avenue like Kurfürstendamm will have lots and lots of options to eat. Lunch and dinner won’t be a problem at all, since you will be able to choose from wonderful restaurants that offer many different cuisines: Italian, Turkish Greek, Asian, French… and, of course, German traditional cuisine! Some of the most famous restaurants in the area are the Brasserie Le Charpentier, the Turkish restaurant Tugra, Ach Niko Ach and Restaurant Capone. If you’re travelling with children, you have plenty of fast food and chain restaurant options in the avenue of Kurfürstendamm as well, such as McDonald’s or Subway.
    Finally, don’t miss out on the opportunity of visiting one of Berlin’s historical cafes, the wonderful Cafe Kranzler, a unique traditional German diner very popular among the locals.
  • Ready to have some fun after the sun has gone to bed? You can start with dinner and beer in the German Pub Alt Berliner Biersalon, where you will be able to taste yummy German dishes and wash them down with fresh beer. After that, you can go have a drink or a cocktail at any of the many pubs and bars in the area, such as Zeitlos, Palm Beach or the always fun Kings Pub. You can also go to KLO Berlin, located in Leibniztstrasse, a very unique bar and comedy club. If you want to enjoy some live music, you can go a bit north of Kurfünstendamm and past Kantstrasse you will find the Jazz Club A-Trane, a great jazz café where you can also have dinner as you enjoy the live jazz performances. Don’t forget to check the agenda!


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