Leipziger Platz

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Leipziger Platz information

Location
Berlin , Germany
Address
Potsdamer Platz
Getting there
Metrotrain: Potsdamer Platz
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Just like Potsdamer Platz, this historical square has risen from the death strip. The octagonal Leipziger Platz was first laid out in 1734 and later became one of Berlin’s most beautiful squares courtesy of the urban planning ‘dream team’ of Schinkel and Lenné. The hulking building just east of here houses the Bundesrat (Federal Council), the body of the German legislative branch of government that represents the interests of the Länder, or federal states. Hidden behind the new buildings stands a rare remaining GDR watchtower – the GDR border watchtower Erna-Berger-Strasse . To see it, follow Erna-Berger-Strasse (off Stresemannstrasse) to the end.