Alexanderplatz has a mythical status in Berlin history--from its seedy 1920s portrayal in Alfred Döblin's "Berlin Alexanderplatz" novel to the massive demonstration that took place there just before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. This tour introduces you to "Alex" and its surroundings--its history as a flashpoint between Communists and Fascists in the 1920s and 30s, its halting reconstruction after World War II, and the current plans for reinventing it. The tour starts near the Volksbühne theatre and winds its way to the Marx-Engels Forum next to Berlin's beautiful cathedral, providing listeners with a taste of the city's unique history as told through its architecture and public art works.
Volksbuehne Theater, Haus des Lehrers, Alexanderplatz, the TV Tower, the Red City Hall, the Neptune Fountain, St. Mary's Church, the Rosenstrasse Monument, the Chapel of the Holy Ghost, the Marx-Engels Forum
The tour starts in front of the "Junge Welt" newspaper building at Torstrasse 6, near the intersection of Torstrasse and Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse. You can walk there from the Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz stop on the U2 U-bahn line, or from the U-bahn/S-bahn hub at Alexanderplatz. The closest mass transit link is the Mollstrasse/Prenzlauer Allee stop on the M2 and M8 tram lines or the 142 and 200 bus lines.
Places to stop along the way:
Einstein Kaffee, the restaurant atop the TV Tower, St. Mary's Church, the DDR Museum
Best time to walk:
Any time with daylight.
Wear sunscreen -- most of the walk is unshaded.
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