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Unter den Linden

Unter den Linden is the famous and famous street of Berlin. Limes on it today delight the eyes of passers-by. They are beautifully illuminated in the evening. On the street there are many restaurants, cafes, shops and shops.

Under Linden Boulevard (Unter den Linden), visitBerlin photo

Unter den Linden (Unter den Linden - Under the lime trees) - the most famous and beloved Berliners boulevard. Heine liked to walk here when he studied law in Berlin, and for Mark Twain this boulevard was "three streets in one."

How the street appeared Under the lindens

Unter den Linden Street, 1890

The name of the street was given by lindens planted in 1647 by order of Friedrich Wilhelm. The Great Elector traveled along this road to his hunting grounds in Tiergarten from the royal palace and its surrounding view left much to be desired - sand, stones and occasionally small bushes. Such a landscape bothered Frederick, and he ordered to fill up fertile land and plant linden and nut trees. As a result, 1000 lindens and as many walnut trees formed an alley of six rows. Friedrich Wilhelm did not stop there, in 1770 it was decided to supplement the alley with ceremonial buildings for the nobility and wealthy citizens. Now it was no longer a dusty road, but an elegant street, which became the hallmark of the capital of Prussia.

Top street view, photo by Nath el Biya / Niels

In the eighteenth and first half of the nineteenth century Unter den Linden was a residential street, with whole families going out for walks. Its southern side was called "Palace", because aristocrats and prosperous residents of the capital lived here, and the north - the Academic, professors, students and teachers lived here. Many knew each other, so they bowed without ranks and discussed the news.

Street today

Unter den Linden Boulevard, photo by Kees Beemster

Unter den Linden stretches for 1.39 km in length, reaches 60 m in width. It originates from Paris Square (Pariser Platz), then leads to the Palace Bridge (Schlossbrücke) through the Spree River and goes into ul. Karl Liebknechtstrasse (Karl Liebknecht-Straße). Part of the street from the Brandenburg Gate and through the Tiergarten Park is now called Street on June 17 (Straße des 17. Juni).

Equestrian statue of Frederick the Great, photo Urban

Today, nothing but hunting sausages in the menu of cafes and restaurants, does not remind about the hunting grounds of the Elector. From those old days there were only trees and the "royal path". On it now passes a road. It is worth getting off the central part of the boulevard, as you immediately find yourself among the many attractions: Brandenburg Gate, Zeichhaus, Cathedral, Opera, University, palaces of William I, Crown Prince, princesses. Russians are pleased to see their embassy and Aeroflot representative office here. The boulevard is completed by the equestrian statue of Frederick the Great of bronze, which Berliners ironically call Old Fritz. The great Prussian monarch looks at those who follow the "path of the king."

Boulevard at night, photo Myung Joe

Another circumstance that may disappoint the future potential tourist. On the boulevard "Under the limes" almost everything is "fake". Many buildings, including those from the Historical Quarter, were rebuilt again after the Second World War. And linden trees now begin not like before, right behind the bridge, and 500 meters from it, and many were planted again after the war.

Famous limes, photo by Bookmouse

How to get there

Take the U55 subway or city train S1, S2, S25 to Brandenburger Tor Station.

Watch the video: Travel Berlin: Cosmopolitan Cool - Unter Den Linden (January 2020).

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