Berlin audio tour: Ku'damm: Haute Couture and Currywurst

Ku'damm: Haute Couture and Currywurst

Walking Tour

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30 mins
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1.2mi

About the Tour

The Kurfürstendamm is Berlin's grandest boulevard, home of the capital's poshest shops and finest Wihlelmine architecture. It's the street where one generation championed democracy, another rioted for socialist ideals and a third marched in the inaugural Loveparade. Walk in the footsteps of Marlene Dietrich, Christopher Isherwood and Fritz Lang. Wonder at the places where Kurt Weill penned ‘The Ballad of Mack the Knife’, Bertoldt Brecht called for a new kind of art, and Liza Minelli had an orgasm (on-screen). Then enjoy a spicy currywurst at Tom Cruise's favourite sausage stand. Welcome to Berlin -- there's no where like it in the world.

Tour Producer

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Rory MacLean

Author Rory MacLean has known three Berlins: West Berlin where he made movies with David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich, East Berlin where he researched his first best seller 'Stalin's Nose', and now the unified capital. His newest book 'Berlin: Imagine a City' (published in the US as 'Berlin: Portrait of a City through the Centuries') was chosen as a Book of the Year by the Washington Post whose reviewer called it 'the most extraordinary work of history I've ever read'.

Major Landmarks

  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

  • Bikini Berlin

Directions to Starting Point

Start outside Wittenbergplatz U-Bahn station, on Tauentzienstrasse, right in front of the KaDeWe. It's Europe's largest department store, and we'll start this tour facing it.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

KaDeWe, Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtiskirche (Memorial Church), Europa-Center, Bikini Berlin, Literaturhaus café, The Story of Berlin Museum, Bier’s Ku’damm 195 currywurst stand

Best time of day

Any time is good, but come hungry!

Precautions

Street crime is very rare in Berlin but do keep an eye on your wallet, especially in Ku'damm's more expensive designer shops...

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