17th of June Street

Running through the heart of the city, this boulevard offers the opportunity for a historic walk.

TravelCurious Tip

Use 17th of June Street to connect up various different attractions on a walk around the city, from Charlottenburg through to the Museumsinsel.

Connecting east and west

Strasse des 17. Juni or 17th of June Street is a tree-lined avenue through central Berlin. Continuing Unter den Linden, it connects several of the city’s main attractions. Running east to west from Museumsinsel (Museum Island), it passes Humboldt University to the Brandenburg Gate, past the Victory Column through the Tiergarten and out of the park through the Charlottenburg Gate, terminating about half a kilometre later at Ernst-Reuter-Platz.

A political statement

In 1953, when Berlin was still divided, the West renamed the street as a political act to commemorate an uprising in East Berlin on 17 June 1953, when the Red Army and GDR Volkspolizei shot protesting workers.

Every monument in Berlin has an immense weight of historical significance. Formerly Charlottenburger Chausee, it has been used for parades in every era of German history since 1799.

Under Hitler, it became a triumphal avenue lined with Nazi flags. And in the last weeks of World War II, when Berlin's airports were out of action, it was even used as a landing strip.

Fast forward to now and the street is used for huge gatherings like Love Parade and Live8. In 2006, the street was closed for six weeks for use as a Fanmeile (fan mile) during the 2006 Football World Cup. Every New Year's Eve it is the site of the largest party in the world, with over two million people gathering to watch a stage show at the Brandenburg Gate.

Nearby Attractions

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The Reichstag
Constructed to house the Parliament of Germany, this imposing building has had a turbulent past.
Soviet War Memorial
The War Memorial, erected by the Soviet Union, is one of three memorials to fallen Russian soldiers in the city.
Brandenburg Gate
This 18th-century neoclassical triumphal arch is one of the best-known German landmarks: the grand entrance to the capital of Prussia.
Victory Column
A tribute to the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War, the Victory Column is of one of the best known symbols of Berlin.
Potsdamer Platz
A cosy spot in central Berlin, Potsdamer Platz is ideal for people-watching with a delicious cup of coffee, and if you take a look downwards, you will be able to see the metal line where the Berlin Wall used to stand.
Berlin's largest inner city park, located next to the parliamentary and government district

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