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Karl-Marx-Allee, Berlin
(3.9/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A huge avenue little lit with buildings quite austere, square and straight, or nothing beyond really, without real fantasy, which gives off a certain coldness and make us travel in time: no doubt, it is good on the Karl-Marx-Allee. All these elements make the peculiar aisle, as they look back in time, to realize what could be to live in the Communist part of Berlin.
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  • Gray, buro, grim. Blocks from the Board, just like in many cities of Eastern Europe. Generally, without crazy
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  • Unless you are a communist buff or interested in seeing the Cold War era I wouldn't go here. It's cold, hardly any places to get as much as a cup of coffee & the buildings are very unflattering