In the 18th century, Frederik the Great ordered the transformation of Unter den Linden from a simple bridle path to a major boulevard. In the years that followed, many of the city’s most important buildings and monuments were constructed along the route. Visitors can see the Berlin Cathedral, State Opera House, German Historical Museum, and more. Many choose to join a guided walking or Segway tour to learn more about the buildings along the boulevard. Or, arrive independently via the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.
The street was damaged extensively during the Second World War, and when the Berlin Wall was built in 1961, it put Unter den Linden and the Brandenburg Gate in the East side under communist rule. In the years since reunification, many buildings have been restored to their former glory and the café-lined boulevard is once again a jewel in the city’s crown.