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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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  • 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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  • The Karl-Marx-Allee was the GDR's most famous street. Imposing blocks in the style of Socialist classicism dominate the streetscape of the Strausberger Platz to the Frankfurter Tor. Here, the annual parades of the NVA were held graciously taken by the barons of the SED. One of the bekanntesren buildings on Karl-Marx-Allee is the legendary Café Moscow, which was built here in 1959. An annual highlight of the event is the annual International Berlin Beer Festival with the world record as longest beer of the world. Here it is possible along the Karl-Marx-Allee 2 km 2,400 different beers from 340 breweries and 20 stages with live music.
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  • As soon as we got out of the U-Bahn there was a lady behind my husband, lurking and clearly trying to pick-pocket. The architecture was interesting and it was worth taking a wander down here however i...  more »