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Potsdamer Platz

A vibrant district in the heart of Berlin…

Potsdamer Platz is one of the world’s most interesting and popular city squares. In the 1990s, it was the focus of the biggest private-sector urban construction project in Europe. In just five years (1993–1998), 19 buildings, 10 streets and 2 plazas were built and a completely new district emerged in the middle of the city. The master plan was developed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, who worked together with Christoph Kohlbecker, Arata Isozaki, Hans Kollhoff, Ulrike Lauber, Wolfgang Wöhr, Josè Raphael Moneo and Richard Rogers. Today, Potsdamer Platz attracts more than 70,000 visitors every day.

Did you know that…

Potsdamer Platz was Europe’s busiest junction in the 1920s? On 28 July 1928 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. a total of 33,037 vehicles crossed the square.

the Brothers Grimm once lived on Linkstrasse? This was part of the “privy councillor’s quarter”, which was home to wealthy businessmen, academics and artists.

the first radio programme in Germany was broadcast from the Vox-Haus? Today Vox-Strasse memorialises the name of the building, which was destroyed during the war.

the author Theodor Fontane lived in this area as well? His flat was on Potsdamer Strasse.

...the first traffic light in Europe was installed on Potsdamer Platz in 1924? A replica of the traffic light tower can be seen there today.

For more information, see www.potsdamerplatz.de