A fascinating and legendary place, a boulevard of the stars, a place for nightlife, the site of political protest and political statements, a shopping paradise, a tourist attraction, a place where artists, intellectuals and creative people live and work, and one of the most renowned and popular boulevards in the world – the Kurfürstendamm. With 802 events in 178 days and over one million visitors he celebrated its 125th birthday. Until the end of October, there was a large number of events to mark the anniversary, including exhibitions, guided tours, parties and ceremonies.
Mentioned for the first time in 1540, in 1875 Otto von Bismarck ordered an expansion of the street to a width of 53 metres, using the Champs-Élysées as a model. On 5 May 1886 – eleven years later – the first steam-powered tram trundled along the newly-inaugurated Kurfürstendamm and the famous Berlin boulevard was born. A large number of events marked the anniversary and made the Ku’damm shine in new splendour. The festivities began on 5 May with the opening of the outdoor exhibition at Breitscheidplatz and the exhibition 125 Years – 125 Stories, held in the glass display cases that traditionally line the boulevard.
With its chequered history, the Ku’damm is also a symbol of the constant change and regeneration of the capital Berlin. For several years, the Ku’damm has been the site of new creative impulses and is building on its former glory. Many new construction and restoration projects testify to this development: Zoofenster, Bikini-Haus, Zoo Palast, Ku’damm Karrée, Haus Cumberland and Kurfürstendamm 195 are examples of the transformation of this renowned boulevard into a modern urban avenue.