Around the corner: Viktoria-Luise-Platz

Viktoria-Luise-Platz was named after Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia, the only daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II and Empress Augusta Victoria.
The square was originally designed as part of a new urban development in the early 20th century to create a prestigious residential area for the upper middle class. The development was planned by architect Paul Schmitthenner and started in 1907.
The centrepiece of Viktoria-Luise-Platz is the memorial fountain, which was erected in 1911 to commemorate the 100th birthday of Kaiser Wilhelm I. The fountain was designed by the architect Bruno Schmitz. The fountain was designed by architect Bruno Schmitz and featured a bronze sculpture of Kaiser Wilhelm I.
During the Second World War, much of the surrounding area was badly damaged by bombing, but Viktoria-Luise-Platz and the fountain remained mostly intact. After the war, the square was rebuilt and became a popular residential and business district.
Today, Viktoria-Luise-Platz is a lively square with a variety of shops, restaurants and caf├ęs.

Photo credit: www.flickr.com, Ingolf, Berlin, Viktoria-Luise-Platz underground station – line U4