Today not much is left of the original Café Kranzler opened in 1834 by Austrian-born confectionist Johann Georg Kranzler (1795–1866) on Unter den Linden No. 25 at the corner of Friedrichstraße in the present-day Mitte district. Including a sun terrace, an ice-cream parlour and a smokers' room, it swiftly gained the reputation of being one of the city's finest cafés. In 1932 a branch was opened in Charlottenburg in the rooms of the former Café des Westens on Kurfürstendamm, which ran till the building's destruction in 1945.
In 1944 the parent house in Mitte was completely destroyed during the Battle of Berlin, today it is the site of the Westin Grand Hotel. However, after the war the Charlottenburg branch in then West Berlin went on to become a major tourist attraction in its own right, the current flat-roofed building was erected in 1958. Nevertheless, the Café Kranzler has fallen victim to the massive redevelopment programme which has been changing the face of Berlin since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In 2000 it reopened as a small bar in the rotunda on the second floor, built-in the Neues Kranzler Eck shopping centre designed by Helmut Jahn.