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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. Plan my trip to Berlin with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • The Karl-Marx-Allee is a huge Boulevard built by the German Democratic Republic between 1952 and 1960 in the districts of Friedrichshain and Mitte in Berlin. The Boulevard was named Stalinallee between 1949 and 1961 and was a banner of the project of the reconstruction of Eastern Germany after the second world war. The Boulevard contains spacious and luxurious apartments for workers, as well as shops, restaurants, cafes, a hotel and a cinema. Avenue, has almost 100 meters wide and nearly 2 km long and line it with buildings of eight apartments designed with the Soviet Union Socialist style. At the end of the Avenue are two towers on Frankfurter Tor and Strausberger Platz. On June 17, 1953 the Stalinallee became the center of a workers strike which could endanger the existence of the young nation. Builders and workers demonstrated against the Communist Government, leading to a national strike, which was put down with tanks and Soviet troops, giving a result of a loss of at least 125 lives. Later, the street was used to celebrate the parade of the day of the worker in East Berlin, where marching soldiers, tanks and other military vehicles. Since the German reunification many buildings, including the two towers, have been restored.
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  • Large, long, wide and rather empty. These are the cars that cause the pressure there is. There are shops, restaurants and museums that you best by bike or metro, unless you choose for a brisk walk. The straight great void is also the charm of this avenue from the bygone time of East Berlin.
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  • It is a walk for those who like to walk, because the Avenue is very long. Very interesting to see the same buildings either side of the huge Avenue, and impersonality this similarity causes. In the DDR Museum a panel said, in jest, that it was all so equal, inside and outside the buildings, that sometimes you just realized you had the wrong building when he opened the bedroom door and there was someone else in there. In some streets around the Boulevard has a pulsating nightlife, a great place to dine and drink a beer, but you have to look right and walk a lot.
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