Potsdamer Platz is a famous public square in Berlin bordering the districts of Mitte and Tiergarten. The square lies about 1 km south of the Brandenburg Gate and has been the site of major development in Berlin.
It was the 1920’s that saw the popularity of Potsdamer Platz skyrocket and it soon became the busiest traffic intersection in Europe and the heart of Berlin’s nightlife. The good times wouldn’t last and with the stock market crash of 1929, further new development of Potsdamer Platz screeched to a halt.
During the Second World War, Potsdamer Platz was located very close to both Hitler’s Bunker and other government buildings. This led to the area being heavily targeted for bombing during World War II. At the end of the war, the city was divided into sectors and Potsdamer Platz became the boundary between American, Soviet and British sectors.
Once the Berlin wall was constructed, any hope of returning Potsdamer Platz to its former status as an important traffic junction and public square was extinguished. The fall of the Berlin wall (28 years later) led to the extensive re-development of the square and it soon became Europe’s largest building site.
While Potsdamer Platz is part of Berlin, it is unlike every other area. It is heavily commercialized and filled with large corporations and tourists. Visitors who stay in this area are encouraged to venture out to neighboring districts to get a more authentic picture of Berlin.
How to get there
S-Bahn: S1, S2, S25
Within 10 minutes walk