Leipziger Platz in Berlin

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Leipziger Platz © Chiara Mazzocchi/cc-by-sa-4.0

Leipziger Platz © Chiara Mazzocchi/cc-by-sa-4.0

Leipziger Platz is an octagonal square in BerlinMitte. It is located along Leipziger Straße just east of and adjacent to the Potsdamer Platz. Leipziger Platz was reduced to ruins during the Second World War and was once part of the no man’s land surrounding the Berlin Wall, but has since been reconstructed in its original configuration, albeit with modern architecture.

Prior to the war, the square was home to the Reichsmarineamt (Reich Navy Office, originally on Leipziger Platz 13, moved to No. 17/Voßstraße No. 20 in the 1900s), the Wertheim flagship department store (numbers 12-13), the Mosse-Palais (headquarters of the German publisher Hans Lachmann-Mosse, Leipziger Platz 15), Palast-Hotel (No. 18-19) and the Prussian Ministry of Agriculture (No. 6-9).

Leipziger Platz © Chiara Mazzocchi/cc-by-sa-4.0 Leipziger Platz and Leipziger Straße © Bundesarchiv - B 145 Bild-P014783 - Frankl, A./cc-by-sa-3.0 Leipziger Platz - Festival of Lights 2013 © Pedelecs/cc-by-sa-3.0 View of department store Wertheim on Leipziger Platz, around 1900
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Leipziger Platz and Leipziger Straße © Bundesarchiv - B 145 Bild-P014783 - Frankl, A./cc-by-sa-3.0
Today, it is home to the Canadian Embassy and the American Jewish Committee. There is also a little piece of the Berlin Wall located in the southern half.

On the corner with Leipziger Straße stood the Wertheim department store, then the biggest in Europe. Demolished in 1955/56 the preserved basement of its ruins housed the Tresor techno nightclub in the 1990s. In 2014, the LP12 Mall of Berlin opened on this site. Right beside it, a Motel One opened its doors.

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