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Potsdamer Platz

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9

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  • 5.0Value
  • 2.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Pre-World War II, Potsdamer Platz was Berlin's main plaza – and a bustling one, at that – but the ensuing wars left it ravaged. After the Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War ended, companies like Sony and Daimler moved in and built their headquarters on the square, thus revitalizing the area. 

But global companies weren't the only ones credited with rejuvenating the plaza: Attractions like the Deutsche Kinemathek, a museum dedicated to German film and TV, the Boulevard der Stars – Berlin's answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame  and the Theater am Potsdamer Platz, the largest show stage in Berlin, also set up shop. Families will enjoy the nearby LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Berlin and a sizable mall, Potsdamer Platz Arkaden. Plus, with a casino, a virtual reality lounge and Berlin's largest movie theater, the entertainment possibilities are nearly endless. 

While some visitors say this area lacks the character of other neighborhoods, many say it's a vibrant example of the revitalized, modern city. You'll find Potsdamer Platz off the U2 U-Bahn line and the Berlin Potsdamer Platz Bahnhof station on the S-Bahn. For more information, check out the neighborhood's website.

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