Unter den Linden

Berlin’s elegant boulevard is found in the old heart of Berlin, going all the way from the Brandenburg Gate to the Schlossbrücke bridge. On the boulevard Unter den Linden, there are many important institutions such as the Humboldt University and the State Opera as well as attractions such as the Neue Wache memorial and the Armoury.

Initially, it was a bridle path, which from 1573 onwards led from the city palace to Lietzow and then later on to the Charlottenburg Palace, which was named after Queen Sophie Charlotte, and from there all the way to Spandau. Starting in 1701, Unter den Linden was beautified with the help of royal pomp and new architecture.

After the Second World War, Unter den Linden was a desert of rubble. That is, with the exception of the City Castle. In 1950, however, the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the SED, Walter Ullbricht, blew up the City Castle because he regarded it as a symbol of Prussian absolutism. The other surviving buildings were gradually reconstructed. The actual construction began, however, only in 1958. Typical building from the 1960’s with uniform facades were constructed.

Since the fall of the Berlin wall, many buildings have been restored and rebuilt. Thus, the Lustgarten, which previously served as a parade ground, was redesigned according to the plans inspired by Lenné’s garden architecture.