In Berlin, it was a long time since there was a lack of consumption. Today, the city boasts several department stores that belong to the top layer in Europe. There is a department store that shows extra when it comes to exclusive shopping in Berlin and it is KaDeWe – Kaufhaus des Westerns.
Here, both tourists and daily consumers are flocking. On a regular day, KaDeWe is visited by between 40,000-50,000 people. It’s no wonder that the department store is the second largest in Europe. Only Harrods in London is bigger.
Assortment in KaDeWe
KaDeWe has an extremely well-assorted assortment. There are about 400,000 items inside the walls, and the department store’s parade number is the delicacy department which is a floor of 34,000 different products. Many go here just to watch and dream.
KaDeWe as a symbol
When Germany and Berlin were divided into the East and West, KaDeWe was the premier advertising symbol for the free market in the West. When the Berlin Wall fell, it was KaDeWe, most East German rushed to the first night. Just to look of course!
Architecturally, the department store is also worth seeing. Despite extensive devastation during the war, there are no rebuildings despite the fact that the department store was founded in 1905 and has five floors.
Opening hours and address
KaDeWe’s opening hours are the usual Monday-Saturday, 10 AM – 8 PM. And the street address is Tauentzienstraße 21-24 which is located in the center of Berlin. The nearest underground station is line U2 Bahnhof Wittenberg Platz.