Charlottenburg Berlin Guide

For anyone that went to Berlin before the wall came down, this was undoubtedly the area where they would have stayed. Broadly speaking this is the area that runs from the renowned cold war shopping street of Kurfürstendamm to the Charlottenburg Palace. It was and still is a grandiose area, however, compared to the huge changes that have taken place in the eastern districts of Berlin, the area around Charlottenburg and the Kurfürstendamm remains largely unchanged since the fall of the wall. There is of course still an excellent range of shopping to be done along the Ku'damm much as in times gone by and has the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (otherwise known as the Gedächtniskirche) which was badly damaged during the war and remains as a reminder/ memorial to that troubled period. It is a very picturesque district with the exquisite Charlottenburg Palace and the Berlin Zoo (Zoological Gardens) as well as being within easy reach of the sprawling Tiergarten (Berlin's largest park) which separates the district from Mitte and the Schlosspark (castle park). The area also allows easy access to the beautiful city of Potsdam which lies to the west of the city with its parks and palaces.

Good for:

* Beautiful buildings and a taste of the old Berlin

* Great shopping

* Easy access to the "centre" of Berlin and its attractions as well as Potsdam to the west

* Lots of space - less hustle and bustle