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I made another visit to Dussmann Culture Store in Friedrichstrasse as I had heard about its vertical garden at the back of the store. More than 6,000 tropical plants, with 157 species cover an area of 270 square metres over 5 floors. There is a water basin at the bottom which collects the falling water and is home to fish. It is a bit of a modern day hanging gardens of Babylon. The vertical wall was designed by world renown French botanist Patrick Blanc. The vertical wall is a back drop to the very nice restaurant at the rear of the store.
Friedrichstrasse is one of the main streets of Berlin. Here you will find famous shopping centers, such as Galleries Lafayette and Quartier 207.
The crossing of Friedrichstrasse and Unter den Linden is considered to be the real center of Berlin.
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Friedrichstraße: The street affords a two mile walk from Hallesches Tor all the way up to Oranienburger Tor, and presents a fascinating cross section through the centre of Berlin. Starting out from the former West, Friedrichstraße soon cuts the former iron curtain at Checkpoint Charlie. From there it plunges right into the newly developed shopping district of Berlin-Mitte, with its department stores and shopping arcades. Crossing the avenue Unter Den Linden and venturing further up north, the axis underpasses the S-Bahn lines connecting east and west at Bahnhof Friedrichstraße with its so-called Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears), that functioned for decades of German separation as checkpoint for visitors from the West. Friedrichstraße finally steps across the river Spree into one of Berlin’s most exciting neighbourhood featuring theatres, galleries, restaurants, clubs, bars and small designer boutiques.
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?
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Another commercial center of Berlin excellent for shopping. Don`t miss the french department store "Galeries Lafayette" and their great food department.
Once the biggest commercial street in Berlin , it was divided in two by the Wall, but when it came down, the street started bluming again.
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