Friedrichstraße is one of the best-known, most central streets in Berlin. Yet, it feels like the least appreciated, with most people hurrying along focused on getting somewhere else. And it’s easy to see why the street doesn't invite you to linger: it’s surprisingly narrow – just look around the corner at Unter den Linden! – has hardly any trees, and almost nowhere to sit. But, trust me, it's worth your while.
On this walking tour, we’ll walk along the northern section of the street to find the often-overlooked details hidden in plain sight. Like no other street in this city, Friedrichstraße, with its 33 crossroads and one bridge, represents Berlin's history in a nutshell. It’s been part of nearly all of the city’s ups and downs and served as a venue for enough historic events to fill dozens of film scripts and history books.
In Berlin, it always pays to be curious. So, whether it’s your first time in the city or you’re a local wishing to explore it more, join me on this tour and uncover the lesser-known or half-forgotten facts and places around this street.
Allow just over an hour for this walk. COVID-19 regulations permitting, you can stop at one of the many cafes and restaurants you’ll be passing by en route. Or simply grab a cup of tea or coffee to go.
Title photo for this tour courtesy of the best contemporary night-photographer in Berlin, Mr Jan K Tyrel (http://www.jan-k-tyrel.de/).