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"Botschaftsviertel and where most Embassies Are" Top 5 Page for this destination Berlin-Mitte Tip by Kakapo2

Berlin-Mitte, Berlin: 14 reviews and 13 photos

  Finally we found New Zealand's Embassy... ;-)
by Kakapo2

The official Botschaftsviertel is south of Tiergarten, with the touristic highlight of the modern fairy-tale building with the embassies of the United Arab Emirates in Hiroshima-Straße. Also the northern European countries have made a joint effort in Rauchstraße.

However, most embassies and consulates are now located east of Tiergarten, in an area where also the heart of German politics is, between the river Spree/Reichstag/Brandenburger Tor in the north and Kochstraße/Rudi-Dutschke-Straße (near Checkpoint Charlie) in the south, Ebertstraße in the west and the Spree/Museumsinsel in the east.

The US American Embassy is in the procedure of shifting house from Neustädtische Kirchstraße (U-Bahn U6, Friedrichstraße) to Pariser Platz which is the square on which Brandenburger Tor is sitting. The building is south of Brandenburger Tor, at the corner of Ebertstraße and Behrenstraße. When we were there in 2007 they were still busy building. The plan is to have the people in there working in the European spring of 2008.

On our search of New Zealand’s Embassy which we found in the city map we saw a lot of impressive embassy buildings. So we thought our NZ representatives would also reside in an impressive building. But we nearly missed it because it just occupies some rooms in a big office building at the corner of Friedrichstraße and Kronenstraße. Only a small sign at the building directory, between the signs of the Association of Private Clinics, a bank and a French gas company, indicates that the embassy is there. Magnifying glasses would have been of great help to identify the sign between all the others.

But NZ is not alone in its relative insignificance: The economic and commercial offices of the Egypt Embassy are also housed in the modern building ;-)

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  • Written Jan 15, 2008
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