Berlin audio tour: In and Around Alexanderplatz

In and Around Alexanderplatz

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1.8mi

About the Tour

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.

Tour Producer

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Daniel Mufson

I'm a writer and translator who has lived in Berlin for over 15 years. My essays and articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Village Voice, Berlin's taz newspaper, and various other publications. In recent years, I've mainly been active as a translator of art criticism.

Major Landmarks

  • Volksbühne

  • Haus des Lehrers

  • Alexanderplatz

  • Rotes Rathaus

  • Neptunbrunnen

  • Marx-Engels Forum

Directions to Starting Point

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.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Einstein Kaffee, the restaurant atop the TV Tower, St. Mary's Church, the DDR Museum

Best time of day

Any time with daylight.

Precautions

Wear sunscreen -- most of the walk is unshaded.

Comments

Perfect storytelling! need more of those 😉

Posted by Stefaan , about 2 years ago

Great tour. Very easy to follow directions. Well paced. Totally worth it!

Posted by Gerald L , over 2 years ago

If busy commercial Alexanderplatz gives you a headache then give this tour a try. It reveals hidden gems in the area and the GPS works brilliantly allowing you slip your phone in your pocket, as move through the streets, public spaces and historical perspectives of Alex. A really well put together tour, thanks VoiceMap!

Posted by Lucy , over 4 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.