The Kurfürstendamm, located in the former West Sector of Berlin, is one of the most famous avenues in Germany. Full of shops and restaurants, the street reminded both Alex and I of the Champs-Élysées in Paris, only it was not quite as wide. Known to the locals as the Ku’Damm, the street takes its name from the Kurfürsten (Electors) of Brandenburg.
The Ku’Damm was originally built as a corduroy road, which means it was built with logs placed perpendicularly to the direction of travel over a swampy area. (Wikipedia claims that this is a major improvement over a muddy road, but is a hazard to horses.) The Ku’Damm passes through the rich neighborhood of Charlottenburg, and many of the mansions that flank the street date from the turn of the century.
We decided not to walk down the Ku’Damm because it was so cold. Instead we took Bus No. 100 from one end to the other, and then transferred back to the S-Bahn. It was a nice, if quick, way to see the street. My only complaint is the parking in the center of the street: it seems really unnecessary! The streetscape would be so much nicer with a nice strip of green down the middle.