With the opposing domed towers of the German CathedralGerman Cathedral and the French Cathedral situated at each end and the famous Konzerthaus (concert hall) taking up the third side, Gendarmenmarkt is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful public squares in Berlin.
The square which was first formed back in 1700 as part of King Friedrick I's plans to help the Huguenots, Protestant refuges from France who were given asylum under the Edict of Potsdam in 1685.
Even the name has French roots. "Gens d'arms" was the name of a Prussian regiment of Huguenot soldiers.
The domed towers where built on top of the French and German churches in 1785 for purely aesthetic reasons. Both churches and towers were substantially destroyed during bombing raids of the Second World War. They layed in ruin for many years, but in 1981 reconstruction restored them to their former glory.
A focal point in the center of the square is a large statue of Germany's renowned poet Friedrich Schiller
A large Christmas Market is held in this beautiful square every year drawing large crowds.
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Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings Local Flavor
Phone: +49 30 40004797
Gretchen D. Jan-06-2022
One of my favorite German Christmas Markets. A bit classier than others (which I also love). Don't miss the indoor sections where many vendors are staying... Read More
Nicole E. Feb-12-2020
This is a nice square in Berlin. It's the epicenter of three iconic and historic buildings and often has cute markets. There are stalls for German food,... Read More
Dude K. Jan-13-2020
In A Nutshell: -Gendarmenmarkt is an awesome Christmas Market in Berlin. -It's a small square situated between a couple of iconic buildings which act as... Read More
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How to get to Gendarmenmarkt by U-Bahn
Nearest U-Bahn Line(s): U6, U2
Nearest U-Bahn Station(s): U Französische Str. , U-Bhf Hausvogteiplatz, U Stadtmitte
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