The KaDeWe department store near Kurfürstenstrasse, founded in 1907, is internationally known and is one of the sights of the city of Berlin today. Be sure to visit it when you visit Berlin and stroll through the eighth floors.
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KaDeWe – Department Store of the West
The Kaufhaus des Westens (Department Store of the West), or KaDeWe for short, was founded in 1907 by the Councilor of Commerce Adolf Jandorf. The department store is located in Tauentzienstrasse on Wittenbergplatz in the Schöneberg district and is the most famous department store in Germany. The architect of the building was Johann Emil Schaudt.
The KaDeWe has a total of 8 floors and today over 60,000 square meters of retail space. It is one of the largest department stores in Europe. It is often mentioned in the same breath as renowned department stores such as Harrods in London or the Galeries Lafayette in Paris.
The name and concept of the west can be traced back to the major urban development expansions of Tiergarten, Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf from the time after the establishment of the German Empire in 1871. These were unofficially grouped under the name New West.
In the history of the department store, it has been expanded and rebuilt several times. It also changed hands several times. Already 20 years after it was founded, Hermann Tietz took over the department store. Further changes followed. During the Second World War, the department store suffered severe damage from a fire.
After extensive reconstruction work, it was reopened on July 3, 1950. Around 180,000 visitors are said to have poured into the department store on the first day of sale.
The department store was later expanded and rebuilt. Today it is more modern and contemporary and has, among other things, elevators
KaDeWe | Wide range of products and delicacies from all over the world
On the 60,000 square meters of sales area, visitors will find everything their heart desires. In particular, big brand names and small labels, beauty and lifestyle products can be found in the range. The department store is known, among other things, for its range of delicacies from all over the world. The Feinschmeckeretage on the sixth floor has been the second largest food department in a department store in the world since 1978. Visitors can try the delicacies directly on site at the many counters or in the restaurant.
Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Kitchen, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.