A historical location
In the past, the Potsdamer Platz was one of the busiest spots in Europe. Later on, the Berlin Wall parted it and transformed it into a desert. Today, the Potsdamer Platz is the modern center of the capital. You will find impressive architecture at every turn: the Sony Center, which is the showplace of the annual international film festival "Berlinale", the Potsdamer Platz Arcades, theaters, casinos, cinemas and many cafés.
The ideal starting point for sightseeing
THE MANDALA HOTEL at the Potsdamer Platz is the perfect starting point to explore Berlin. The Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and the Holocaust memorial are within walking distance. It will only take you 15 Minutes to get to the famous former frontier control point 'Checkpoint Charlie'. As you can see: at The Mandala Hotel Berlin you stay in the midst of the most exciting and fascinating districts of Berlin.
Arrival and Departure
Save valueable time
The Mandala Hotel is located in the centre of Berlin and easily reachable via public transport. The station "Potsdamer Platz" is only 2 minutes on foot and offers tranfer to U- and S-Bahn as well as the local rail network of the Deutsche Bahn. Your local connections:
Airport Berlin Brandenburg (BER) - 26 km
27 minutes by car or taxi
40 minutes via local rail
Berlin Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) - 2 km
4 minutes by car or taxi
3 minutes via local rail
Messe Berlin/City Cube - 9 km
20 minutes by car or taxi
26 minutes via U-Bahn (U2) directly
U- and S-Bahn Station "Potsdamer Platz"
2 minutes on foot
Bus Station "Potsdamer Platz"
2 minutes on foot
Discover Berlin: It's on your doorstep
Discover Berlin on foot from the famous Potsdamer Platz. The Mandala Hotel is not only surrounded by breathtaking world class architecture but in immediate proximity to the most significant cultural and political places of interest as well as many frequented Lifestyle haunts. So put on your walking shoes and discover Berlin as it unfolds beneath your feet.
- 12 min Friedrichstraße
- 00 min Potsdamer Platz
- 05 min Brandenburg Gate
- 01 min The Philharmonie
- 15 min Gendarmenmarkt
- 20 min Museum Island
- 06 min The Reichstag
- 04 min Holocaust Memorial
- 15 min Checkpoint Charlie
- 20 min Berlin Cathedral
- 02 min Neue Nationalgalerie
- 01 min Berlin's largest shopping mall at Leipziger Platz
- 04 min Martin-Gropius-Bau
The Potsdamer Platz and its history
From high-volume traffic junction to desert and back again
Potsdamer Platz received its city gate around 1838. Within 70 years, the square developed into the vibrant center of Berlin. The famous Tiergarten villas were built and several hotels revived the square. The "Golden twenties" were the highlight, because the Potsdamer Platz became Europe's transport hub number one. The S- and U-Bahnen such as 26 trams and 5 bus lines departed from Potsdamer Platz. In 1924, the first traffic light in Europe was installed, which today shines inconspicuously in the middle of the square.
During the Second World War, the Potsdamer Platz was almost completely destroyed. What remained was the famous wine house Huth and the endangered Hotel Esplanade. The construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, which ran directly across the square, sealed his fate and made him a wasteland in the middle of Berlin. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, this was a unique opportunity to completely redesign the center of a big city.
The Potsdamer Platz is today the outstanding result of the collaboration of world famous architects. With Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Hans Kollhoff, Rafael Moneo, Arata Isozaki, Ulrike Lauber and Wolfram Wöhr he was able to win some of the most influential names for the redesign of Berlin City. The Potsdamer Platz was then the largest construction site in Europe, before it became one of the main attractions of the city.