is a center of Berlin that has a long cultural and gastronomic
tradition. Over 300 years ago, as the Charlottenburg palace
was being built, the court culture was already moving
into what had been up till then a village setting.
years ago, the new cultural scene downright exploded in
Berlin's Westside. The Berlin modern art colony created
scandals here with the works of Liebermann to Picasso.
Cabarets, revue theatres, film palaces and concert halls
were built, and the Schiller theater, Theater des Westens
and the Renaissance theatre were founded. Innumerable
dance halls, restaurants and cafés emerged. Writers,
filmmakers, artists and their patrons met in the cafés.
who wanted to be on top of the times moved to Berlin's
Westside. The Kurfürstendamm became the synonym for
fashionable and drew visitors like magic from all over
the world. That all began around 1900 and reached its
peak in the legendary 'roaring twenties' of the twentieth
Wolfe called Berlin's Westside " Europe's biggest
newspapers wrote of "Berlin W" or "the
City Subsidiary" when referring to the area around
then Berlin had two centers: the historical downtown and
the new one in the west. During the time of the Wall,
these two centers developed to a great extent independently
of each other. Now we are concerned with finding a good
balance between the pulsing cities in the east and west;
and are happy that east and west in Berlin are again geographical
and not political terms.
though the spotlight is often now on Potsdamer Platz,
the Brandenburg gate or the Hackesch market, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
still has a wealth of attractions to offer. I invite you
to discover our district. Stroll through the side streets
off the Kurfürstendamm and beyond. There's a lot
to discover: from Grunewald and Jungfernheide, to the
Olympic stadium, Teufelsberg and Charlottenburg palace.
I know you'll enjoy it.