The Europa-Center is a building complex on Breitscheidplatz in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, with a shopping mall and an 86 metres (282 ft) high-rise tower. Erected between 1963 and 1965, it is today a historically preserved building. […]

On top of the high-rise, and visible across Berlin, is a large metal star-in-a-circle symbol, the logo of car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. It weighs 15,000 kg, has an outer diameter of 10 metres […]. The shopping mall initially comprised an ice rink (closed in 1974) and the Royal Palast cinema, with the world’s largest projection screen at the time of its opening in 1965 (closed in 2004). There was also an observation deck on the roof.

Today’s major attractions include “The Clock of Flowing Time”, a 13 metres (43 ft) high water clock of communicating vessels, and the Mengenlehreuhr originally located on nearby Kurfürstendamm. The basement is home to a Kabarett theatre and a large Irish pub.

The building features prominently in the 1966 spy film The Quiller Memorandum and in the 1981 biographical drama Christiane F.

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What was it like peering down from the top of the Europa center in 1976? Here is an amateur video from 1974.

Video. Source: Archival footage shot by an unknown filmmaker while visiting West Berlin in June 1974.. License: All Rights reserved. | Music. Artist: FeldGrau, Track: “Babsi” from the Album Wir Sind die Kinder 2022. License: FeldGrau, All Rights reserved.

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