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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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  • The lengthy Karl Marx Allee part from near Alexander Platz, right in the heart of Berlin, yet, compared to the capital's many sites, looks away from the traditional tourist routes. This is definitely an advantage, because it runs along the long Avenue in peace; If you want to do something original and unconventional, I highly recommend the walk. If you prefer a slice of real life compared to closed museums, on Karl Marx Allee you will find yourself in an open air museum; just look up to admire the beautiful finishes and the skyline of the buildings erected in Socialist age; also, along the way there are also captions explaining the major acts of protest that have taken place over the years along this road. Obviously, you have to have a passion for contemporary architecture, but the style of the buildings is wonderful and alive in his everyday life; the condos are obviously inhabited, on the road whizzing cars, maybe you feel like being in a sort of Fritz Lang's Metropolis. Other recommendations, a good physical stamina, because to follow the Avenue walk took me a whole morning (the path is touched by good four tube stations but nicer wet walk), and despite the presence of a few trees even the heat might be a problem. Just halfway there is a great restaurant. Towards the end of the walk instead of a square and a few churches. The whole thing is really worth.
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  • If I have well understood, this very long and very wide avenue has been built by the Russians after 1945. There isn't much to see but this transport you really in Russia. Big dull buildings. I have ap...  more »
  • One of the absolute highlight Berlin, at least if you historical architectural as well as from-gesellschaftspolitischer point of view would like to learn more about Berlin away from the usual tourist attractions. Originally called Stalin Avenue, the Karl-Marx-Allee stretches from Alexanderplatz to the Frankfurter Tor, it is advisable for this section plenty of time to plan, approximately one to one and a half hours. Architecturally pompous real Socialist building ("English") are available, in the GDR was considered ideological Grand Boulevard, this road created by the working people working class. The flats were then above the usual average and thus very popular. In the history, this road by the first large worker protests in East Germany was received on June 17, 1953. At Frankfurter Tor, you can take the U5 line back to the Alexanderplatz.
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