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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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  • It's an interesting street that shows the wedding cake buildings popular in East Berlin before the wall fell. 
  • Stunning soviet era architecture with a cinema, cafe, u-bahn station and a u-bahn station The scale is incredible and the vista towards Friedrichschain one way and Alexanderplatz the other is perfect 
  • It is worth, the Karl-Marx-Allee along to stroll and to work on the unique atmosphere. Since reading labels 'Fashion for women', or similar yet faded 50s, nice angle. But at least is here something tangible with the East Germany showcasing was their philosophy of the city and offers an alternative to the brutal concrete of the usual panel buildings. Was probably only the exception.
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