Shopping Centers: Crossing over the Spree River, home to Checkpoint Charlie, and within walking distance of many of Berlin's best sights, including galleries and museums, Friedrichstrasse is a buzzing hive of activity for a number of reasons. In more recent years it has developed into a thriving shopping strip, with a number of high-end boutiques, department stores, and restaurants gracing its sides. Appealing to all tastes and budgets, here you'll find stores ranging from the likes of Gucci and Louis Vuitton to Ralph Lauren and Lacoste down to Zara and H&M and everything in between. There is also the Galeries Lafayette for those who prefer large department store shopping with end-end merchandise.
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