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Address: Karl-Marx-Allee, Berlin, Germany
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A view into East German life for the privileged and lucky

Eager for a glimpse of the Communist Paradise vision of East Berlin, I headed over to Karl-Marx-Allee, originally named Stalin-Allee. Emerging from the U bahn at Frankfurter Tor... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2015
Sandy S
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

An excellent overview of the Communist architectural style. Built in the 50's as a showcase of the Communist might comprises of 5 blocks of a large alley linking Alexander Platz to Friederichshain. There are 4 different types of huge apartment houses, very massive and rather beautiful. For the 50s' and Eastern Europe they were very advanced : big living surfaces,... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2015

Eager for a glimpse of the Communist Paradise vision of East Berlin, I headed over to Karl-Marx-Allee, originally named Stalin-Allee. Emerging from the U bahn at Frankfurter Tor, I meandered about a kilometer down the broad, tree-lined boulevard, which looked quite well-suited to May Day parades of tanks and troops. The apartment blocks lining the street were handsome in their... More 

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Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2015

Went here as we visited ComputerSpieleMuseum, which is situated in this boulevard. It's pretty cool if you like Soviet architecture, but you'd better spend your time somewhere else if not.

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Boliden, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2015

Brilliant street and neighbourhoods to walk around. Linger yourself there, look around and absorv all the Communist atmosphere!

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Truro, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2015

Unmissable to get a sense of the wider history of Berlin, although not on most peoples itinerary I suspect. Dramatic boulevard lined with imposing, at times brutalist, buildings. Can be accessed from many different u-bahn stops - suggest you exit at Frankfurter Tor, and walk towards the TV tower.

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Barefoot Bay, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2015

Extremely interesting! My last time seeing this was in the early 1970s. At that time it was drab, gray, and cold. It was still in EAST Berlin, before the wall came down. NOW this is a bustling, colorful, sort of happy place my how things have changed!

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2015

Helpful info points in English and German which help to explain the major sights and architecture. An interesting view of the old DDR and a good walk.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2015

This is quite a cool place to have a look around. An imposing reminder of the former DDR. If you're at all interested in architecture as well this is worth a good look.

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Hayward, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2015

If you are a history buff and interested in everything DDR....this is one of the least changed spots of the old "East Berlin"....a quasi 'not quite soviet', yet obvious mixture of 1950's socialism and German quality construction (Meissen tiles) with a Stalinist influence. What IS missing is what I remember my first there in the early 80's before the fall... More 

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Reviewed 18 April 2015

What a ride back to the DDR. Pompous avenue with large concrete-blocks, open squares… and a lot of symmetry! Great example on DDR/Soviet-aestethics. If you are on a bike (hire one for the day – great way to experience Berlin!), ride from Unter den Linden, pass Alexanderplatz and follow Karl Marx Allée – what a contrast and remarkable shift in... More 

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When you arrive at Warschauer Strasse in the heart of the district, you have found one of Berlin’s party hotspots. At night in Friedrichshain, the energy is palpable and the streets of this old worker's quarter are full of street musicians. On one hand, you may find a bar with international crowds, electronic music, long lines and panoramic views - on the other, an outside venue by old train yards featuring decrepit buildings and live alternative music. No matter your taste, the best way to end a night out in Friedrichshain is sitting by the Spree River at the East side gallery, the longest and best preserved piece of the Berlin Wall, watching the sun rise over the beautiful Oberbaum Bridge.
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