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"Friedrichstraße" Friedrichstrasse Tip by sabsi

Friedrichstrasse, Berlin: 6 reviews and 7 photos

by sabsi

Friedrichstraße is one of the big streets in Berlin-Mitte. In the 1920s it belonged to the heart of Berlin and now - after reunification - it has become a street full of fancy shops and hotels again. You will find the Galeries Lafayette here, a big department store as well as many shopping galleries.

Friedrichstraße station used to be a checkpoint for foot passengers from West Berlin. You will find the tRÄNENpALAST next to the station. This building, which is now a centre for theatre and concerts used to be the hall of the checkpoint at the subway station Berlin Friedrichstrasse. I remember coming from a day in the East back to the checkpoint in the building which is now the tRÄNENpALAST and I saw someone with a plastic bag hanging around in front of the door collecting all the money the visitors still had in their pockets. Very sad, considering that in the East everything was so cheap and people from the west (who had to change 25 DMs into 25 Mark East for each daying staying) always had problems getting rid of all the money...

Anyway it's called palace of tears because this was the place where the people of East Berlin had to say good bye to friends and family from the west. A sad place isn't it?

Address: From Oranienburger Strasse to Checkpoint Charlie
Directions: Friedrichstraße U6
Stadtmitte U2, U6
Französische Staße U6
Kochstraße U6

Phone: 493020921300

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 25, 2003
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