Pariser Platz is one of the most, if not the most, important squares in Berlin.
The buildings around it were severely damages during WWII, with only the Brandenburger Gate and the Academy of Arts half standing. It then became an abandoned space, since it was part of the border line between East and West during the division of the city, therefor inaccessible until the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Important monuments and buildings are located around it:
The Brandenburger Gate, designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans in 1789
The Academy of Arts, built as a mansion in 1735, first renovation by Ernst von Ihne in 1903, last renovation by Behnisch Architekten in 2005.
The American Embassy, by Moore Ruble Yudell in 2008.
The French Embassy, by Christian de Portzamparc in 2002.
Haus Sommer, Commerzbank, by Josef P. Keihues in 1998.
Palais Wrangel, DZ Bank, designed by Frank Gehry in 2000.
Eugen-Gutmann-Haus, Dresdner Bank, by von Gerkan, Marg und Partner in 1997.
Haus Liebermann, by Josef Paul Kleihues in the 1990s.
The Adlon Kempinski Hotel, by Patzschke Klotz & Partners in 1997.
And from there you can see the dome of the Reichstag building by Normal Foster and, following the axis of the -Unter den Linden- avenue, the -Straße des 17 Juni- avenue begins with the Tiergarten park.
"There's a lot of star architect's work around the square, like Frank Gehry's DZ Bank where you can go in and have a look if it's a business day. Quite closeby is Norman Foster's Reichstag dome. Also the whole German parliament/ministry buildings around there are just massive and beautiful." -Astrid Paramita, Developer/Designer & Founder.
Open daily with free entrance.
Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany