Type: Architecture, Cultural Venues, Family Friendly, Free Attractions, Public Spaces
Historic landmarks stare you in the face wherever you go in Berlin. That's why the postmodern hi-rises of Potsdamer Platz, Berlins' newest city quarter, actually provide a modicum of relief from the... Read More
Historic landmarks stare you in the face wherever you go in Berlin. That's why the postmodern hi-rises of Potsdamer Platz, Berlins' newest city quarter, actually provide a modicum of relief from the weight of the past. Of course, it too reflects Berlin history, having been the city's entertainment hub before World War II only to become part of the Berlin Wall death strip in 1961. What you see today is all late 20th century architectural ingenuity by some of the profession's finest practitioners, including Renzo Piano, Helmut Jahn and Richard Rodgers. Of the three wedge-shaped areas, the central one - called Sony Center - is the most visually stunning. It's anchored by an outdoor plaza flanked by shops, restaurants and movie theaters and lidded by a tent-like structure that lights up in a rainbow of colors after dark.
- Best Attractions & Activities: "Go on a discovery tour of free outdoor sculpture by such contemporary heavyweights as Jeff Koons and Robert Rauschenberg dotted around Potsdamer Platz."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: There are not many cities in the world that have witnessed the rebirth of an entire city quarter.