The material on this site is for financial institutions, professional investors and their professional advisers. It is for information only. Please read our Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy and Cookies before using this site.

All material subject to strictly enforced copyright laws. © 2021 Euromoney, a part of the Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC.

A new centre for a city still divided

Sony Centre: is this huge semi-public space
Berlin's new centre?

Berlin has not quite finished growing together, though it's well on the way to being rebuilt, with the near-completion of the Potsdamer Platz project.

Before its total destruction at the end of World War II, the Potsdamer Platz was an almost mythical place in the minds of many Germans. It was the centre of the booming, jazzy Berlin of the roaring twenties, the sort of place where pickpocket met millionaire. It was a place every Berliner passed through, because the square was the traffic hub of the city, and caught glimpses of the crowds enjoying themselves in the dozens of bars and hotels.

The Potsdamer Platz then spent much of its post-war existence as a wasteland in the dead zone of the divided Berlin - between the double wall - and came back into the city's consciousness after German reunification in 1990.

You have reached premium content. Please log in to continue reading.

Read beyond the headlines with Euromoney

For over 50 years, our readers have looked to Euromoney to stay informed about the issues that matter in the international banking and financial markets. Find out more about our different levels of access below.


Unlimited access to and

Expert comment, long reads and in-depth analysis interviews with senior finance professionals

Access the results of our market-leading annual surveys across core financial services

Access the results of our annual awards, including the world-renowned Awards for Excellence

Your print copy of Euromoney magazine delivered monthly

£73.75 per month

Billed Annually


Unlimited access to and, including our top stories, long reads, expert analysis, and the results of our annual surveys and awards

Sign up to any of our newsletters, curated by our editors


Already a user?

We use cookies to provide a personalized site experience.
By continuing to use & browse the site you agree to our Privacy Policy.
I agree