Berlin audio tour: Silk, Sin and Stages: In and Out of Northern Friedrichstraße

Silk, Sin and Stages: In and Out of Northern Friedrichstraße

Walking Tour

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40 mins
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2.2mi

About the Tour

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.

Enjoy it!

Title photo for this tour courtesy of the best contemporary night-photographer in Berlin, Mr Jan K Tyrel (http://www.jan-k-tyrel.de/).

Tour Producer

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Beata Gontarczyk-Krampe

I am a book author, researcher, Berlin fan and history geek whose fascination with Berlin's past inspired her to overcome her fear of speaking German: how else can you ask anyone at the state archive to lend you a hand in your search for a long-dead villa owner from 1869?

Once curiosity prevailed over inhibitions, I could not stop asking new questions and did my best to answer each and every one of them.

This is how my blog, Kreuzberged: Berlin Companion, was born.

You can visit me at:

• kreuzberged.com
• facebook.com/kreuzberged
• twitter.com/kreuzberged

My "Berlin Companion" books are available at berlinarium.bigcartel.com (shipping worldwide).

Last but not least, you can download any of my other Berlin audio-tours available at VoiceMap.

Major Landmarks

  • Friedrichstraße Railway Station

  • Weidendammer Brücke

  • Berliner Ensemble

  • Boros Bunker

  • Kammerspiele Theatre

  • Deutsches Theatre

  • the Panke River

  • Tacheles

  • Friedrichstadtpalast

  • Admiralspalast

Directions to Starting Point

This tour starts in front of the entrance to the underground station - Line U6 - at Bahnhof Friedrichstraße (Friedrichstraße Railway Station).

Coming from Unter den Linden, the main U6 station entrance is directly under the railway bridge on the right side of the street. It's the corner of Georgenstraße and Friedrichstraße.

Show directions: https://www.google.com/maps/place/52%C2%B031'11.8%22N+13%C2%B023'19.5%22E/@52.5199429,13.3887408,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d52.5199429!4d13.3887408

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Bahnhof Friedrichstraße

Tränenpalast

Berliner Ensemble Theatre

"Ständige Vertretung" (a popular, upper-shelf Rheinland tavern frequented by many politicians but also great for a quick lemonade or beer)

Boros Bunker (prior registration necessary)

Old Charite Hospital site

Torstraße or Chausseestraße for shopping, food and drinks.

After the tour: a walk along Am Weidendamm to Berlin's Museum Insel (Museum Island) or a visit to the excellent Dussmann Kulturkaufhaus south of the station: the bookshop offers plenty of places to sit down and get some rest; a very good restaurant on site.

Best time of day

Ideally after 9AM or past 6PM on weekdays (avoid rush-hour!), Sundays and holidays are usually quiet.

On other days expect lots of traffic in Friedrichstraße itself and in Reinhardtstraße, with other locations staying quite relaxed despite it.

Precautions

Always keep an eye on the traffic and your belongings. It being central Berlin, you have to expect the unexpected (careless drivers, odd rogue cyclist, clueless first-time e-scooter users, etc.) Listening to the tour while walking must not get in the way of your safety: if necessary press "Pause" and recommence once you are in the clear.

The street might get a bit noisy at times - it is a city-centre after all. You can always press pause and wait until the disturbing sounds disappear.

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Silk, Sin and Stages: In and Out of Northern Friedrichstraße