Unter den Linden
Unter den Linden, meaning “under the linden trees” in German, is one of the main boulevards in Berlin, along with Kurfürstendamm. Unter den Linden houses some of the most beautiful buildings in Berlin.
The long avenue was one of the main arteries of Berlin until the capital was divided after World War II. After 1945, most of the buildings flanked on both sides of Unter den Linden were demolished because of the air attacks. The remaining buildings were in East Germany after the Berlin Wall was built.
When Germany was reunified, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Unter den Linden recovered its important position in Berlin and was once again considered one of the favorite avenues of the capital.
Most representative buildings
The 1,5-kilometer avenue that stretches from Brandenburg Gate to Schlossbrücke (Castle Bridge) is rimmed by some of the city’s most important buildings. These edifices are valuable touristic heritage and architecturally beautiful landmarks.
We recommend visiting this thoroughfare at one of its extremes and then making your way down. Start at Brandenburg Gate, followed by the large Pariser Platz, home to the renowned Hotel Adlon. Then, you’ll marvel at the imposing Neue Wache, the public square Bebelplatz, home to the Berlin State Opera, Humboldt University of Berlin and the Roman Catholic St. Hedwig’s Cathedral. Next, walk to Schlossbrücke, a bridge that leads to Museum Island.
A little further along, Unter den Linden concludes at Karl Liebknecht Strasse, a similar boulevard, flanked on one side by Berlin Cathedral. The avenue reached Alexanderplatz, with the enormous Television Tower.
Bebelplatz in Berlin (210 m) Neue Wache in Berlin (322 m) Gendarmenmarkt (401 m) Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin (426 m) Bode Museum in Berlin (565 m)