Berlin's most elegant street, the Ku'damm – as it's known by the locals - was converted from road to boulevard by Otto von Bismarck in 1886, with the express intention of mirroring the grace and grandeur of the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Originally the private road of Elector Joachim II, the Kurfürstendamm Boulevard has been through many changes over the centuries and today is better known for its shops than its architecture.
Requiring renovation after World War II, the Kurfürstendamm boulevard has become a fusion of chic contemporary design dotted with historical highlights, the old world merging with the new where tree-lined avenues greet glass and steel fronted shopping complexes. A bohemian essence still lingers in the presence of small boutiques, with attractions like the Theater und Komodie am Kurfürstendamm harking back to the boulevards heyday as a bar and bistro gilded theater district.
Shopping, dining and nightlife still define this stylish section of West Berlin, and to walk from one end the 3.5km long street to the other is to journey through a sea of chain retail stores to the quieter alleyway slipstream of unique and bespoke specialist businesses. Here you'll also find many of Berlin's premier hotels, all a mere step from the bustling streets. Enclosed within the comfort of a wide range of restaurants and eateries, sporting menu's from around the world, as well as designer and independent shops, these hotels are the ideal choice for people who like to stay connected to the rhythm of the city.
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