During my recent Berlin stay, I decided to take a little walk around the area of Friedrichstraße. As it happens, this is the area of Berlin in which all scenes for fast-paced Berlin adventure Victoria (2015) were filmed in one night and one single take.
Armed with my camera, I captured the most important filming locations for you and also gathered some information about the many historical sightseeing attractions along the way.
Ready to trace Victoria's footsteps for approximately 1 hour? Let's Go!
1. From the Mall of Berlin to Checkpoint Charlie
Walking time: ca. 13 minutes
Start your walk at the Mohrenstraße U-Bahn stop just outside the Mall of Berlin. In the brand new shopping centre, you can shop till you drop (luxury as well as high street) and visit the Food Court for lunch or dinner before your walk.
You can easily walk here from Potsdamer Platz, the famous central square will the multiplex cinemas.
From here, walk straight down on Wilhelmstraße.
You won't find the nightclub in which Victoria is dancing because "the club" was created by the film crew especially for that purpose.
However, you may find a late night convenience store which looks like the one with the sleeping owner in the film. The address is Wilhelmstraße 119 and you will pass it on your right.
Immediately after the Mall, on your right, you will notice a grey building of huge dimensions.
During the Nazi régime, this used to be the German Ministry of Aviation (Reichsluftfahrtministerium). At the time it was constructed (1935/1936), it was the largest office building in Europe.
Later on, the building was in the territory of the East German state GDR and in 1953, an uprising of the population in East Germany took place at this spot. Read about this event on the information panels on the square in front of the building.
Today, the main purpose of this building is still kind of scary at it is now the headquarters of the German Federal Ministry of Finance. 🙂
After that short dive into German history, continue walking down Wilhelmstraße and head left into Zimmerstraße until you reach Checkpoint Charlie.
2. From Checkpoint Charlie to Victoria's Coffee Shop
Walking time: ca. 6 minutes
Another important spot in world history, you can get a glimpse of what it was like to cross from the walled-in country into the free world at the historical Checkpoint Charlie.
If you like, you can do some touristy stuff here such as taking a picture with the American and Russian border guards or visit the Museum am Checkpoint Charlie.
At Checkpoint Charlie, turn right and walk past the Mausermuseum and U Kochstr. Continue walking straight down on Friedrichstraße.
After a few minutes, you will arrive at the coffee shop that Victoria works in as a Barista and demonstrates Sonne her skills on the piano.
The coffee shop on Friedrichstraße 230 is actually one of those hip Berlin bio bistros called Bio-Bistro Wilhelm & Médne. If you like, have a break here with a fresh salad from the salad bar, ecologically sourced lasagna or a home-made cake.
3. From the Coffee Shop to the Bank
Walking time: ca. 11 minutes
The private bank where Victoria and her friends attempt the robbery is actually not a bank, but an office building. The address is Zimmerstraße 54–56.
Get there by walking back a little bit on Friedrichstraße, then turn into Besselstraße (another street where a lot of the first scenes for Victoria were shot, ie. when Victoria comes out of the club and strolls along the street with the guys).
Afterwards, turn left into Markgrafenstraße. Here, you will pass by the Axel Springer building, one of the biggest publishing houses in Europe.
4. From the Bank to the Hotel
Walking time: ca. 17 minutes
The last part of your walk will lead you to the Grand Hotel, in which Sonne and Victoria are stranded in the end.
From Zimmerstraße go back on your left and head straight ahead until you reach Checkpoint Charlie again. Here, you make a right onto Friedrichstraße and walk all the way up. You pass by U Stadtmitte and U Französische Straße until you reach the Westin Grand.
It may not look that grand from the outside, but the inside is totally stunning and you will definitely recognize it from the film. By the way, the Westin Grand was also used as a film location for other well-known films such as The Bourne Supremacy (2004).
The final scene, in which Victoria is walking down the street and past the Rolex store, was shot just outside the hotel at Friedrichstraße 158–164.
Your Victoria walk ends here. You can either finish here as well and catch the U-Bahn from U Französische Straße or you can continue walking for another 10 minutes until you reach Berlin's biggest tourist attraction – The Brandenburg Gate.
5. From the Hotel to Brandenburg Gate
Walking time: ca. 10 minutes
If you decide to continue your walk: As you are standing with your back to the hotel, turn left and walk along Friedrichstraße (just like Victoria did in the final scene).
Then turn left again to enter Berlin's most famous boulevard Unter den Linden, which will take you straight to the Brandenburg Gate.
Here you can obviously take your quintessential Berlin snap or selfie, have a look at Berlin's most luxurious and famous hotel, the Hotel Adlon (a popular filming location itself), join one of the FREE Berlin tours, visit Madame Tussauds, etc… etc…
You definitely won't get bored here that easily.
I hope've enjoyed the Victoria walk as much as I did. If you've tried it, feel free to leave your comments, thoughts and suggestions below!