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