Wednesday 23 July 2014 -
The most beautiful square in Europe.
According to many Berliners, the Gendarmenmarkt is the most beautiful square in Germany and even in Europe. The complex which includes the Deutscher Dom and Französischer Dom (cathedrals) and the Konzerthaus, make up a magnificent example of architectural harmony.
The square, created in 1688 to a design by Johann Arnold Nering, was originally called Linden-Markt and later, "Friedrichstädtischer" and "Neuer Markt". Following its use between 1736 and 1782 by a military regiment it was renamed "Gendarmenmarkt".
Heavily damaged during the Second World War, it was then renamed the "Platz der Akademie" in 1950, the 250th anniversary of the Academy of Sciences, before resuming its former name in 1991. The square is also known for its many restaurants, shops and hotels.
Shops, boutiques and malls