The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Unter den Linden Berlin

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322. Unter den Linden (under the lime trees) is a celebrated street, at the end of which is the no less celebrated Brandenburg Gate. 'This gay and splendid street,' Granville observes, 'is planted with double avenues of lime trees, and presented to my view a scene far more beautiful than I had hitherto witnessed in any town, either in France, Flanders, or Germany. ' (Travels, p. 270.) 'It is called the Linden walk,' says Bramsen, 'from its being overshadowed by triple rows of linden, or lime trees, of the most graceful appearance. It forms the centre of a street, having a carriage road on each side, from which it is protected by handsome lines of granite posts, connected by iron chainwork, and illuminated by large reflecting lamps. One end of it leads into the park through the celebrated Brandenburg Gate, which is an elegant structure, designed after the Propylï¾µum of Athens. ' (Letters, &c, p. 29.) To complete this beautiful street, however, in a suitable manner, Granville remarks that paved footways are still wanting. (Travels, p. 270.)