Potsdamer Platz

Corporate stores, lounges, and bars compose this commercial area's sleek and chic shopping complex.

Potsdamer Platz’s current incarnation recalls its initial purpose as a center for traffic, trade, and commerce. The manifestation of its commercialism looks a little different than it did in the past—soaring glass buildings, futuristic shopping malls, and neon spotlights have taken the place of Potsdamer Platz’s grand hotels and elegant train stations. Still undergoing redevelopment, this crowded neighborhood continues to open shops, lounges, and bars among the surrounding historical sites that commemorate the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall.

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On the Map

Potsdamer Platz is bordered by Tiergarten, Kreuzberg, and Mitte

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Tegel Airport: 20 minutes by car without traffic
Schönefeld Airport: 25 minutes by car without traffic
Hauptbahnhof Station: 21 minutes by public transit
East Side Gallery: 49 minutes by public transit

East Meets West

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Bicycles are best in this rejuvenated urban metropolis.

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Coffee shops and restaurants line the streets around Potsdamer Platz.

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Simple sidewalk cafes make it easy to read the paper and enjoy a bite to eat.

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Pieces of the Berlin Wall stand in solemn display as a reminder of Berlin's difficult past.

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These cultural artifacts provide striking context when juxtaposed against a backdrop of the modern economy.

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Nice neighborhood, a wild mixture of old Berliners from East and West, as well as embassy employees from all the embassies around."

Consumers Speak Out

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Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz has helped lead the transition towards a consumer-driven economy.

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The neighborhood's commercial center is a destination for the young and the fashionable.

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The location was good: peaceful surroundings with easy-to-reach transport and a good supermarket very close by."

Jenni

Visited in 2013

Controversy Amidst Expansion

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The final years of the 20th century saw the largest portion of Potsdamer Platz auctioned off to the highest bidder.

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Critics of the area's commercial renewal argue against the "Americanization" of Berlin's city center. Although the future of the area is still in question, one thing is certain.

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Potsdamer Platz stands at Berlin's intersection of old and new.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Christoph Neumann lives and works in Berlin. He studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund. He is the 2012 winner of the Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Award. His work seeks to capture lifestyle, fashion, portraits, reportage and feelings. Chris has photographed all over the world, and was delighted to shoot his hometown of Berlin for Airbnb.

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