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Karl-Marx-Allee, Berlin

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Step back in time to post-World War II Germany at Karl-Marx-Allee, one of East Germany's main housing projects during the postwar reconstruction. Built by the German Democratic Republic between 1952 and 1960, the enormous development contained apartments for workers, shops, restaurants, a hotel, and a cinema considered enormous by the era's standards. Wedding cake-style buildings in the social classicist style tower above the nearly 2 km long avenue. The facades are adorned with ceramic facings with traditional Berlin iconography by Karl Friedrick Schnickel. As you walk down the grand boulevard, you will be able to imagine life in 1950s East Germany, when this area was a prime shopping destination and icon of the new Soviet era. Put Karl-Marx-Allee into our Berlin trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Recommendation is to from Alexanderplatz to walk to Frankfurter Tor. As you walk along the buildings had to make that impression on the former GDR and its inhabitants but especially ' the West '.
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  • Karl-Marx-Allee is a 2 km avenue in the east part of Berlin. You'll see soviet architecture as well the concept of the imponence of the main avenues.  more »
  • Nice to walk along this street with typical DDR buildings. Start at Warschauer Strasse to end near Alexander Platz  more »

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The Kreuzberg neighborhood near the Oberbaumbrüke bridge is central and full of Berlin icons: street art, a piece of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery, and a proliferation of cafes. Friedrichshain is another option with a hip vibe due to the students who congregate at its cafes and galleries. Consider Mitte as a historic home base. Mitte is the area where almost all of Berlin's well-known buildings are located, and it is within walking distance of Alexanderplatz. For a peaceful residential area, try Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf where the streets are lined with boutiques and quiet coffee shops.
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