View of Potsdamer Platz with Daimler-Chrysler building and railway tower (© Rainer Kiedrowski)
Before the war, Potsdamer Platz was the city’s beating heart, with department stores, banks, internationally known theaters, dance halls, and cafés. WWII bombs obliterated 80 percent of the square, which was left in limbo for many years and then enclosed in an empty and desolate no-man’s-land between the Wall and barbed wire fences. The square came back to life in the 1990s and the new Potsdamer Platz is a modern reinterpretation of the original. Divided in three slices, it includes the Sony building with its central plaza, the Daimler City, home to a large shopping mall, and the Manhattan-style Beisheim Center building.