I cannot be sure to where to put the Potsdamer Platz for the tourists, whether as a sightseeing attraction or the discover section. But whatever it is, Potsdamer Platz is one of the most important and interesting city squares of Berlin, Germany. It is one of the most striking examples of the urban renewal that changed Berlin into the New Berlin. This square wasnamed after the city of Potsdam. The area near the Potsdamer Platz today consists of three major developments; the Sony Center, Daimler City and Beishem Center.
Potsdamer Platz History
The first thing you should know about Potsdamer Platz is ofcourse, its history. Before the world war 2, Potsdamer Platz was one of the most busiest traffic intersections of Europe. Between 1961 to 1969, (even though it’s hard to imagine now but) the Berlin wall went right through the Potsdamer Platz. And during the 70’s, all buildings near the east and west were torn down.
While during the 80’s, a magnetic monorail train was built on the west side of a test track and on the east, many new fast food stands were opened, some viewing platforms and a circled wagon train was opened. During this period, the plan of building the Autobahn parallel to the Berlin wall was developed. However, these plans remained plans only and were dropped after the fall of the wall.
Today, nothing of these wastelands is left and Potsdamer Platz has three widely known areas near it. the Sony Center, Potsdamer Platz Arkaden and Beishem Center.
Beauty of Potsdamer Platz
When you are visiting Potsdamcer Platz, you should definitely check out the architecture and buildings of the area that were designed by the world-class architects and planning authorities. One should really check these places near the Potsdamer Platz as a tourist as these offer something that a visitor really wishes to explore on their trip to Berlin.
The Sony Center is one of the landmarks of Berlin. What makes it attracting to the tourists is the triangular shaped tent like roof that is inspired by the Japans Mount Fuji covering a round square. Number of restaurants,cafes, movie theatres and other film institutions are located here.
The center is basically a group of building made by the German-Swiss businessman and founder of Metro AG. It is located on the Lenne Triangle. You can find two 5 star hotels on the grounds of Beishem Center; Berlin Marriot and Ritz Carlton Berlin. When the international film festival occurs, most of the film stars come here to stay as they are located close to the main festival location.
Potsdamer Platz Arkaden
Across the Boulevard of stars and the Sony center lays the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden. This 550,000 meters area covers a cinema, two hotels, a casino, a shopping mall with 130 shops, three theatres, 30 bars, restaurants and cafes and offices. Basically, you can say that Potsdamer Platz Arkaden is the main hub of the international berlin film festival.