Vintage Downtown Berlin

Prestigious mixed residential/commercial building in Berlin’s centre

Französische Straße 53–55 | 10117 Berlin

The mixed residential/commercial building at Französische Strasse 53-55 was completed in 1998. About 7,900 sqm on eight floors divide into high-end apartments and flexible office units for aspirational occupiers in the political, economic and cultural heartland of Berlin.


Economic Powerhouse, Incubator of Ideas, and Political Centre

Berlin is defined by commerce and politics, art and culture, urban living and a very bright future. The high liveability and unique cultural amenities of the German capital attract young talent and skilled professionals from other parts of Europe and the rest of the world.

Its start-up scene is booming and benefiting from an outstanding network of universities, research institutes and incubators. In fact, few places in the world are home to such a large pool of well-trained and highly qualified professionals and executives. Traditionally strong segments include IT, high tech and the media. Industrial growth in Berlin’s metro area continues unchecked. Meanwhile, the stats reflect the brisk economic growth of the city proper: Berlin gross domestic product grew by 4.9 percent year on year in 2022, putting it in second place among the German states. Gainful employment increased by 3.4 percent. In this aspect, Berlin tops the list nationwide. As the federal capital, Berlin is also the centre of political decision-making and governance. From here, policy-makers, diplomats, interest groups and institutions shape the future of Germany and Europe.

Französische Strasse is a street in the very centre of the metropolis. It runs parallel to the Unter den Linden avenue, crossing Friedrichstrasse and Gendarmenmarkt. Numerous sights are literally found right outside the door – such as Deutscher Dom cathedral, the Schauspielhaus theatre and the Komische Oper opera house. Gastronomic highlights include restaurants like the Bocca-di-Bacco and Borcherts. International brands, renowned companies, ministries, embassies and the studios of major TV stations are located in the immediate vicinity. Transport links are equally excellent: The “Unter den Linden” underground station lies within walking distance, the same being true for the “Friedrichstrasse” railway and commuter station.

Flexible Offices in Prestigious Prime Location

The mixed residential/retail building at Französische Strasse 53-55 combined highly presentable period charm with the flexible use options of a modern office scheme. The eight-storey building was constructed in 1997 on the plinth of a previous structure designed by architect C. Heim during the Belle Époque. Today, it provides 7,900 sqm of attractive office and residential units in the heart of the German capital. Done in natural stone and brick, the façade underscores the classic impression conveyed by the concrete frame construction. The level roof surfaces have been greened. The underground car park provides 35 spots. Bicycles can be safely parked in the backyard or in the basement.

  • Prestigious architecture
  • Prime location in Berlin-Mitte
  • about 5,000 sqm of office space
  • about 2,900 sqm of residential space

Flexible Layouts
for Aspirational Tenants

The mixed residential/retail building at Französische Strasse 53-55 provides five floors of highly presentable office accommodation for aspirational occupiers. The flexible fit-out grid permits the implementation of custom specifications.

Options include modern office concept featuring think tanks and meeting zones, but also classic office types. The building is accessed via three staircases and four lifts. The basic amenities, including cavity flooring, exterior solar shading and kitchenettes, meet the latest standards.

where the
City’s Heart Beats


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6th-8th fl


About 5,000 sqm of flexible office units extend from the ground floor up to the fifth floor. The residential units are located on the three floors above. The underground car park offers eight duplex garages of four spots each, securely accommodating a total of 35 cars. The basement also features a generous number of bicycle parking spaces. Additional bicycle racks and three extra car parking spots are located on the grounds. The roof surfaces and inner courtyards are greened, investing the premises with a modern ambience.

Gesamtmietfläche   ca. 10.585,74 qm
GF 1,066 sqm rented
1st fl 1,066 sqm available
2nd fl 1,066 sqm rented
3rd fl 1,066 sqm rented
4th fl 1,066 sqm rented
5th fl 1,066 sqm rented
6th fl 1,066 sqm rented
7th fl 1,066 sqm rented
8th fl 1,066 sqm rented

(Rental space calculated to GIF standard MF-G I+II)

Between Past and Future

Französische Strasse runs through the very heartland of Germany’s first city. It connects the Friedrichstrasse high-street with the Gendarmenmarkt square. Parallel to it runs the splendid Unter den Linden boulevard with its flagship stores of high-end labels, major brands and branch offices of renowned national and international corporates. Gendarmenmarkt with its heritage buildings is directly across the street. The restaurants, cafés, bars, galleries, grocery retailers, sights, and cultural venues attract the business community, diplomats and civil servants, locals and tourists – a great place to congregate in Berlin. This is facilitated by convenient transport links. The “Unter den Linden” underground station is 350 metres away, and a 10-minute walk takes you to the “Friedrichstrasse” railway and commuter station.

  • 5 min. walk to the “Unter den Linden” underground station
  • 5 min. walk to the “Stadtmitte” underground station
  • 8 min. walk to the “Friedrichstrasse” railway, commuter and underground station
  • 8 min. commute by public transport to the central railway station
  • 15 min. travel time to the A100 expressway
  • 30 min. travel time to the BER international airport


HIH Real Estate GmbH
Martin Schubert
Niederlassungsleiter Vermietung Region Ost / Prokurist

Friedrichstr. 185 (Haus F)
10117 Berlin

T +49 30 264970 10

DISCLAIMER: All details are for information only and do not constitute a contractual offer. The illustrations show special equipment that is not part of the rental object. No liability is assumed for correctness and completeness. We reserve the right to make changes.