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B2B5 Kaiserdamm
coat of arms
Street in Berlin
Aerial view of the Kaiserdamm from Theodor-Heuss-Platz to the east
Basic data
place Berlin
District Charlottenburg ,
Created 1906
Hist. Names Adenauerdamm (1967–1968)
Connecting roads
Bismarckstrasse (east) ,
Heerstrasse (west)
Cross streets Schloßstrasse ,
Suarezstrasse ,
Witzlebenstrasse ,
Sophie-Charlotten-Strasse ,
Riehlstrasse ,
Saldernstrasse ,
Rognitzstrasse ,
Stülpnagelstrasse ,
Königin-Elisabeth-Strasse ,
Messedamm ,
Meerscheidtstrasse ,
Soorstrasse ,
Places Sophie-Charlotte-Platz ,
Erwin-Barth-Platz ,
Witzlebenplatz ,
Buildings RBB studio building
User groups Pedestrian traffic , bicycle traffic , car traffic , public transport
Technical specifications
Street length 1680 meters

The Kaiserdamm is a Berlin boulevard built in 1906 . About half of the street is in the districts of Charlottenburg and Westend .


Until 1904 there was only one unpaved sand path on the Lietzensee . At the request of Kaiser Wilhelm II , a 50-meter-wide boulevard was laid out as an extension of Bismarckstrasse and opened to traffic on November 1, 1906. Since December 18, 1906, the street has had its current name in honor of Kaiser Wilhelm II.

The lights of the east-west axis from the Brandenburg Gate to Theodor-Heuss-Platz

During the Nazi era , the Kaiserdamm was part of the east-west axis , the expansion of which was completed in 1939. The current form of the street essentially originates from this time. This also includes the typical candelabra , which Albert Speer created specifically to illuminate the east-west axis . The listed building at Kaiserdamm 45/46 (today: Heerstraße 12-16) was also built during the Nazi era for the Reich leadership of the Hitler Youth .

On April 26, 1967, the road to operate was CDU after the recently deceased German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in Adenauer Damm renamed. Due to violent protests of the population, however, the renaming in Kaiserdamm took place on January 15, 1968 .


The Kaiserdamm begins in the east at Sophie-Charlotte-Platz and forms the continuation of the street Unter den Linden - Straße des 17. Juni - Bismarckstraße . In the west, the Kaiserdamm originally ended at Preußenallee and still included part of today's Heerstraße . The Theodor-Heuss-Platz has been the western end since March 30, 1950 . About in the middle of the Kaiserdamm crosses the city ​​motorway and the route of the ring railway . Heerstraße forms the western continuation of the east-west axis beyond Theodor-Heuss-Platz.

The Witzlebenplatz creates the connection to the Lietzensee . An adjoining area is now called Erwin-Barth-Platz , after the creator of the modern Lietzensee Park.


On the corner of Suarezstrasse

Its importance as a boulevard and parade route is no longer essential today. The Kaiserdamm was of considerable importance for the development of the south-western part of the Charlottenburg district , especially for Witzleben and Westend. A mixture of residential and commercial buildings as well as administrative buildings developed along the Kaiserdamm.

Today the Kaiserdamm is mainly a heavily frequented traffic axis, the federal highways 2 and 5 follow its course. Traffic arriving from the south and west rolls on it in the direction of Berlin-Mitte . At the radio tower triangle there is a direct connection between Kaiserdamm, the city ​​motorway and the AVUS .

The underground line U2 runs under the road from Pankow to Ruhleben . The stations Sophie-Charlotte-Platz , Kaiserdamm (with a connection to the Ringbahn at the S-Bahn station Messe Nord / ICC ) and Theodor-Heuss-Platz are located along the Kaiserdamm .

Prominent residents

Public facilities

The RBB on the corner of
The police building at Kaiserdamm 1
Apartment house at Kaiserdamm 25
Kaiserdamm 97 on the city ​​motorway

RBB studios accompany the Kaiserdamm between Soorstraße and Theodor-Heuss-Platz .


To this day, the Kaiserdamm is largely shaped by buildings that were built before 1920.

Kaiserdamm 1

From 1906 to 1910 the former police headquarters in Charlottenburg was built in Wilhelmine neo-baroque style based on a design by Launer & Kloeppel. The massive building demonstrated state power. Today it houses the police section 24.

Kaiserdamm 25

Was on the corner of Queen Elizabeth Street 1928/1929, designed by Hans Scharoun , the apartment house and Georg Jacobowitz Kaiserdamm with small 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, which are characterized by efficiently exploited layouts are characterized,

Kaiserdamm 97

A modern residential, office and commercial building was built from 1991 to 1993 on this corner - burdened by traffic noise - where the city ​​motorway crosses below the Kaiserdamm. The architect Jürgen Sawade created a building that is accessed through glazed arcades on the side of the motorway. Thanks to the glazing, the apartments facing the inner courtyard are largely spared from traffic noise.


  • Guido Brendgens, Norbert König: Berlin architecture . Berlin 2003, ISBN 3-931321-46-0 .

Web links

Commons : Kaiserdamm (Berlin-Charlottenburg)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Commons : Kaiserdamm (Berlin-Westend)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Defiance with a head . In: Der Spiegel . No. 53 , 1967, p. 21 ( online ).
  2. ^ Otto Dix Foundation Vaduz (editor) .
  3. ^ Klöppel: The new police station in Charlottenburg . In: Zeitschrift für Bauwesen , Vol. 61, 1911, Col. 235–248 ( digitized version ), plates 21–24 ( digitized version ). Digitization: Central and State Library Berlin , 2010.

Coordinates: 52 ° 30 ′ 37.1 ″  N , 13 ° 17 ′ 6 ″  E