Berlin, Germany is home to many beautiful, historical sites. A major contributor to the beauty in the city of Berlin is the Gendarmenmarkt, which is a square located in the city. In fact, many Berliners believe that the Gendarmenmarkt is the most beautiful place in Germany and in all of Europe.
The Gendarmenmarkt is full of harmony and it includes both the French and the German cathedral as well as the Concert House. The square was created by Johann Arnold Nering in 1688 as the Linden-Markt and reconstructed by Georg Christian Unger in 1773. It stood as a marketplace and was part of the city’s Western expansion of Friedrichstadt.
The square shortly became known as Gendarmenmarkt from the cuirassier regiment Gens d’Armes, which had their stables at the square until 1773. In World War II the buildings on the square were badly damaged or destroyed and was then rebaptised “Platz der Akademie” in 1950 on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the Academy of Science.
In 1991, the square got its original name back. Today, there are some of Berlin’s most glamorous hotels and restaurants in this part of town. The Gendarmenmarkt has become a lively space of frequent performances at the concert hall. From the first Advent to the New Year, a Christmas market and ice rink opens for the entire festive season. The Gendarmenmarkt is a must see when visiting Berlin!
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