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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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  • Nice to walk along this street with typical DDR buildings. Start at Warschauer Strasse to end near Alexander Platz  more »
  • If you want to see a show-piece of the Soviet era, simply view the buildings on Karl Marx Allee across the major 2 mile stretch (as well as the area around it). The buildings are a stark reminder of t...  more »
  • 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 »