Bundesplatz (Berlin)

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until 1950: Kaiserplatz
Coat of arms of Berlin.svg
Place in Berlin
Bundesplatz at the level of Wexstrasse
(looking northeast)
Basic data
place Berlin
District Wilmersdorf
Created 1875
Confluent streets
Bundesallee ,
Wexstrasse ,
Detmolder Strasse ,
Mainzer Strasse ,
Tübinger Strasse
User groups Pedestrians , cyclists , road traffic , public transport

The Federal space (to 1950: Kaiserplatz ) is a traffic node in the south of Berlin local part Wilmersdorf ( Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf ) and the center of the Kiez on the border of the district Friedenau ( Tempelhof-Schöneberg ).


The Kaiserplatz in Berlin-Wilmersdorf , 1912

The square was laid out in 1875 as Strasbourg square . On it the Kaiserallee (today: Bundesallee ) running in north-south direction crossed Margarethenstrasse (today: Detmolder Strasse and Wexstrasse ), which runs in a west-east connection .

Figurine winemaker by Friedrich Drake

On 16 March 1888 he was after a week earlier late Emperor William I in Kaiserplatz renamed. As the center of the subsequently developing Kaiserplatzviertel, all surrounding street names also referred to Wilhelm I.

In 1909 the municipal administration had the central area of ​​the square designed like a park with fountains and flower beds .

With the construction of the north entrance of the car tunnel in the 1960s, the square was significantly redesigned and the park on the central island had to be largely abandoned.

As a sign of Berlin's membership of the Federal Republic of Germany , the square was given its current name in 1950. This took place at the same time as the renaming of Kaiserallee to Bundesallee on the occasion of the inauguration of the Federal Palace there .


In the 1960s the square was nicknamed " Buddelplatz " due to years of construction work : the city ​​motorway was laid out parallel to the ring road. The connection points 15 (Detmold Road) and 16 (Wexstraße) and 17 ( Innsbruck Place - west side) are both a few hundred meters west and east.

In the course of the Bundesallee, the two-lane tunnel in each direction of travel was created at Bundesplatz, which passes under the intersections with Detmolder Strasse and Wexstrasse and (a little further south) the confluence of the Southwest Corso, in order to enable motorists to cross the area quickly.

South of the square is the station of the same name for the U- and S-Bahn .

Culture and art

Bundesplatz-Studio, in the program among other things the film Berlin - Ecke Bundesplatz

Bundesplatz 14 has housed a cinema since 1913. It was initially called Lichtspiele Kaiserplatz , then after the renaming of the square became Bundesplatz-Lichtspiele and until August 2011 Bundesplatz-Studio . It is an art house cinema in which quality films are shown for up to 100 viewers after they have been replaced by new films in the larger houses.

Bronze sculpture phoenix

On October 22, 2011, the cinema opened its doors under the name Bundesplatz-Kino after a change of operator and extensive renovation measures . In addition to the Arthaus films, numerous historical films are shown, especially from post-war Germany .

At the confluence with Mainzer Strasse there is a statue of Friedrich Drake's The Winemaker . A first version of this sculpture was installed in the Tiergarten in 1868 , but was damaged during the war. In 1854 Drake created a larger version of the winemaker out of marble , which after his death was sold by his family to the community of Wilmersdorf. In 1910 it was erected on what was then Kaiserplatz. In 1968 it was moved to its current location as part of the redesign of the square and replaced in 1982 by a cast stone copy; the original first came to the Lapidarium in Kreuzberg , and in 2009 to the Spandau Citadel . In 2010 the district administration discussed moving the statue to Rüdesheimer Platz .

From 1986 to 2012 the long-term documentary Berlin - Ecke Bundesplatz was created , in which the documentary filmmakers Detlef Gumm and Hans-Georg Ullrich accompanied people from the neighborhood through their everyday lives. Films from the documentary have been shown several times on television and at the Berlinale since 2001 and have been highly praised by critics.

On the south side of the square is the oversized bronze sculpture Phönix , which comes from the studio of Bernd Wilhelm Blank . It is the result of a design competition on the occasion of the renaming of the square and was installed here in 1968. It is supposed to symbolize the new beginning after the destruction of the Second World War ("like a phoenix from the ashes ").

Web links

Commons : Bundesplatz (Berlin-Wilmersdorf)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Notes and individual references

  1. Winzerin receives support on www.initiative-bundesplatz.de from 2010; Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  2. Sofia Mareschow: The winemaker from the Federal Square in Wilmersdorf . Ed .: Berliner Morgenpost . April 15, 2019 ( morgenpost.de [accessed January 17, 2020]).
  3. TV programs ran in 2001, 2004, 2009 and 2013 on 3sat , and in 2013 also on WDR TV and RBB
  4. ^ Film screenings at the Berlinale 2009 and 2013, details via link to Berlinale homepage
  5. Phoenix at www.berlin.de

Coordinates: 52 ° 28 ′ 44 ″  N , 13 ° 19 ′ 41 ″  E