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Holiday Media Library – Part 4: 20 Years Ago – Construction Site Berlin

During the holidays we want to inspire you with exciting and informative films about the development of Berlin and sweeten the – necessary – stay in your own four walls.

Therefore, we continue our film series ENTWICKLUNGSSTADT Mediathek, which will be published in several parts between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the MEDIA section, with the Spiegel documentary “20 years ago: Construction Site Berlin”.


Since 1993, a gigantic army of investors, architects and construction workers strove to revive the myth of Potsdamer Platz.

Nine million tons of construction debris were hauled aside to make the area between Potsdamer Platz and the Reichstag once again what it once was: the power center of the German capital.


This 2017 Spiegel documentary provides a fascinating and intense look back at what was Europe’s largest construction site in the 1990s.

From the Spreebogen, now the government district, to today’s Gleisdreieckpark, there was a gigantic construction landscape that will probably remain unique in Berlin’s turbulent history.

The Spiegel documentary follows on from the first part of our film series, the documentary “Berlin Babylon” from 2000, and widens the view into the wild and awakening Berlin of the post-reunification years, in which the face of today’s global metropolis was conceived and realized.



You can find more films about the development of Potsdamer Platz and Leipziger Platz here

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