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From Adenauerplatz to Wittenbergplatz


The decorative square on Kantstraße dates back to the Hobrecht plan from 1862. James Hobrecht proposed for the forthcoming urban extension corresponding squares at regular intervals. In line with hygiene-oriented urban planning, they are designed to ensure ventilation and a large number were built in the district Prenzlauer Berg (Arkonaplatz, Arnswalder Platz, Helmholtzplatz etc.). In 1926/27 the square was restructured. Erwin Barth, then landscape gardening director, elaborated a new landscape gardening plan which drew on greenery, benches and a playground to add an urban recreational touch to the purely decorative square. In 1987 the square with its herbaceous perennial borders requiring extensive maintenance was restored.

Its role as a centre of the old West Berlin culture scene has been retained by Savignyplatz even after the fall of the Wall, although a second similar centre has developed around the Hackescher Markt. The best example for this is the renowned architecture gallery (AEDES), which has retained its original location in the S-Bahn archways but has opened a second branch in the Hackesche Höfe.

The tramway stretches like a wedge from east to west through the city. Its viaduct arches, a total of 757 on the 12 kilometre long route between the main railway station and S-Bahnhof Charlottenburg, have moved on to new glory since the 1980s. What were once open archways used as warehouses and craft workshops have developed in the inner city area into the longest shopping row in Berlin, revitalised by new shops, restaurants and cafes. The model, tested along Savignypassage, has been so successful that it was taken over for the district Mitte. At Bahnhof Friedrichstraße the antique dealers and restaurateurs of the former flee market on underground station Nollendorfplatz have found a new home.

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