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    Der Alex

    by antistar Updated Jan 12, 2012

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    "The wide-open and empty space of Alexanderplatz is the focal point of East Berlin, and the subject of major remodeling by this part of the city's former Socialist masters. Der Alex was intended to be the showpiece of a utopian socialist republic, but in retrospect looks a little sorry for itself, and barely merits a mention in my 1100 page guide book to Germany. It was also the scene of the million strong demonstration that led to the tearing down of the wall in 1989, hence its iconic use in the opening titles of the wonderful film, "Goodbye, Lenin!" Personally I loved it, and found its sad reminders of former Stalinist glories quite endearing, but then again I'm a sucker for hard luck stories, and der Alex seemed like exactly that." - from my travelogue

    Der Alex is all hustle and bustle, and has plenty of great places to eat, drink and shop. If you are on the east side, then you'll want to stop off here at some point, or you'll be missing out on a good part of what Berlin is, and was, all about. It also serves as a great starting point for a walk to the Brandenburg gate, taking you along the wide Under den Linden boulevard, across the elegant river Spree, past the nasty old Palast der Republik, and into Pariser Platz. Personally this was one of my favourite parts of Berlin, although it only gets a passing mention of a couple of sentences in my 1100 page Rough Guide to Germany. Der Alex also includes an impressive sight of its own, the unmissable, in many senses of the word, Fernsehturm.

    Since I first visited in 2004 a brand new shopping centre has been added, blocking views from Alexanderplatz to the marvelously socialist House of Teachers.

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    Ultra-Modern Square

    by hunterV Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    Visiting Berlin do not miss Alexanderplatz - Alexander Square.
    They say it was named in honor of the Russian czar Alexander I at the beginning of the 19th century.
    I was very impressed by the modern buildings, "Weltzeituhr" - "World Clock" and stores, cafes and restaurants.

    TV tower in Berlin
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    Build-A-Bear

    by MD2nd Updated Aug 27, 2011

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    What a big surprise: Build-A-Bear Workshop in Germany's Berlin! I learned about this store way back in Kansas City, Missouri, when I visited there with wonderful friends. Build-A-Bear: One starts by choosing a bear from a huge selection of bears at the shop (choose me). Then one gives choosen bear a voice by recording some words, the mic gets inside the paw (hear me). Then one chooses a heart for bear, and make a wish while putting the heart into bear's chest (back in US my wish did come true, right the next day when I found myself in a piper, enjoying a flight over Missouri and Kansas to a place where I met a person that I haven't seen in years, and that still holds such a special place in my heart). Then the next step, bear with heart will get stuffed with wool by using air pressure (stuff me). Then bear gets a Birth Certificate (name me). Then bear gets dressed with clothes of one's choice (dress me). Eventually bear is not alone anymore (take me home). HAPPY END. Now, may I introduce my loved Missouri bear:
    Date of Birth: October 21, 2004
    Full Name: Dolly Madison Hugs
    Height: 14 Inches
    Weight: 9 Ounces
    Fur Color: White
    Eye Color: Brown
    Belongs to: Maria Daehn

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    Shopping, eating, relaxing and having a great time

    by AliyahGen Updated Jul 20, 2011

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    ALEXANDERPLATZ !

    Alexanderplatz is place in the middle of Berlin. For people that love to shop are there big shopping centers, most known is one named ALEXA. In it it's over 180 stores. I loved it. You've got Nike store, everything for your home, book store, clothes, souvenirs, restaurants, even kids will love it. If you'r not a fan of big shopping centers, no worries, because on alexanderplatz you've got little stores with character all over the place. You have restaurants, Dunkin' Donuts, little coffee shops and buffets, also little souvenir stores, there's also post, park for relaxing, Internet point, also Wifi places, church, concret blocks. For fans of fast food there are burger king, Mc'Donald, KFC...
    If you'r not staying in the middle of Belrin, or anywhere near, there's no need to worry because U-bahn covers also alexanderplatz. So you can come to there in no time.

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    The heart of East Berlin

    by toonsarah Written Jun 17, 2011

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    Like Potsdamer Platz, Alexanderplatz was a hub of the city’s nightlife when Berlin was in its heyday in the 1920s, and like it was badly damaged by Allied bombing raids during the Second World War. But unlike its counterpart to the west, Alexanderplatz lay entirely in one sector, the East, so was rebuilt and redeveloped after the war by the German Democratic Republic government. It became something of a showcase of Soviet-style city planning and was consequently one of the places we made sure to visit on our one day in East Berlin back in 1985.

    The centre of the square seems little changed today, although since reunification many of buildings around it have been modernised and new ones have been built, notably a large shopping mall, Alexa. We didn’t check that out, but did have a short stroll around the square itself to relive memories of that earlier visit.

    On both occasions it was a pretty lively place. Last time we were here that was mainly due to the large number of people passing through, and many others lingering here to meet friends by the Brunnen der Völkerfreundschaft ("Fountain of Friendship between Peoples"). This is the rather ugly but much loved centre-piece of the square; it is a protected monument and was renovated in 2002.

    This time round it was a Saturday morning, and we found the square preparing for some sort of fair/exhibition, apparently promoting holidays in the countryside. There were animal pens created with bales of hay, displays of tents and other camping equipment, lots of “fresh from the farm” food stalls ... all a little incongruous in such an urban setting. We left the locals to enjoy all of this and instead headed over to the other iconic monument, the Weltzeituhr (World Time Clock). This shows the names of a number of foreign cities in different time zones. It too has been restored since our last visit (in 1997) and now includes a number of cities that were originally left out for political reasons were added, namely Jerusalem, St. Petersburg and Cape Town. On top of the clock is a model of the solar system.

    Right next to Alexanderplatz, and indelibly associated with it, is the Fernsehturm or TV Tower. This is the second tallest structure in Europe and can be seen from all over the city. When the sun shines it is reflected from the windows near the top in the shape of a cross (see photo 4). In the days of the Cold War and East/West division this effect was nicknamed “the Pope’s revenge” – the Soviet regime might have done its best to stamp out Christianity (and all religions), but the Pope had a way of making sure the Christian symbol could still be seen everywhere in East Berlin.

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    Wandering The City #17 - The City Centre?

    by johngayton Updated Apr 7, 2011

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    Even though Alexanderplatz (known locally simply as Alex) isn't in the physical centre of the city it feels as though it should be the de facto City Centre. This is where tourist Berlin and the day-to-day Berliner's Berlin inhabit the same space. The shoppers shop, the commuters commute, the drunks drink, the punks pose and intermingled with it all are us tourists taking our pics.

    The TV Tower and the Park Inn Hotel are landmarks visible from miles away and several of the other buildings have distinctive presences but to my mind it is the hulking pragmatic S-bahn station which defines the square and its surrounding area. This, along with its less visible U-bahn station, is the hub of the city's public transport system through which much of the city's urban rapid transit passes heading to and from all quarters.

    As well as the S and U-bahn lines the station also serves several regional train services and immediately adjacent are the interchange stops for city-wide tram lines and buses.

    Thus over the course of time everybody and their dog eventually passes through here, some merely in transit, others to hang awhile on the square itself or in the shops, bars and restaurants.

    Alex S-Bahn Station

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    Alexanderplatz

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Alexanderplatz is a vast square and was the former East Berlin's main commercial hub. It is called 'Alex' by the locals and was one of the most vibrant parts of Berlin prior to the second World War.

    At the centre of Alexanderplatz stands the Weltzeituhr (world time clock) and the - impossible to miss - TV Tower.

    You can also see the Marienkirche, Berlins second oldest church, built in 1270 though extensively remodelled in the 15th century. The small steel cross on the churches spire can sometimes be seen reflected in the TV Tower, which used to cause upset for the East German government.

    Nearby is the Neptunbrunnen - Neptune Fountain - built in 1891-95. The fountain depicts the sea god Neptune, surrounded by four female figures which symbolise 4 German rivers.

    By now you will have noticed the Rotes Rathaus, Berlins town hall, which was built between 1861-69. It is home to the Governing Mayor and Senate. It is nicknamed 'Red Town Hall' due to the colour of the bricks used in its construction, nothing to do with its socialist past.

    If the weather is fine, why not perch on the edge of the fountain and watch the world go by for a while.

    Alexanderplatz inside Marienkirche Marienkirche spire and the TV Tower Rotes Rathaus Neptunbrunnen
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    Alexanderplatz

    by mindcrime Written Aug 16, 2010

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    Alexander I was the tsar of Russia, so when he visited Berlin in 1805 they gave his name to the square to honor him.

    Alexanderplatz is dominated by the station with the same name and the Fernsehturm, the high TV tower. It used to be the main hub at former East Berlin and still is one of the main square of the city.

    Every Sunday there is a flee market while you can always see street artists, musicians etc

    We spend some time while waiting for some friends near the World Clock (pic 2) where you see the current time in all the time zones of the earth. It was built in 1969 and its big enough (10m high and 16 tons weight!). Check for your hometown. On top you can see a simple model of the solar system!

    The clock was always a popular meeting point.

    The surrounded area is full of shops, trams, buses and traffic, a lot of traffic….

    walkin around Alexanderplatz world clock at Alexanderplatz

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    Alex

    by lina112 Written Apr 16, 2010

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    Alexanderplatz is the square named to honour Alexander I, Tsar of Russia, on his visit to Berlin in 1805. It gained a prominent role in the late 19th century with the construction of the station of the same name and a nearby public market, becoming a major commercial center. It is surrounded by several notable structures including the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), the second tallest structure in Europe.

    Originalmente un mercado de venta de ganado, recibió su nombre en honor de una visita a Berlín del zar Alejandro I de Rusia, el 25 de octubre de 1805. A fines del siglo XIX la plaza cobró importancia como centro comercial con la construcción de una estación de metro del mismo nombre y un mercado. La plaza, llamada simplemente Alex por los berlineses, oficia también de centro de trasbordo de pasajeros. Está rodeada por varios edificios y estructuras de envergadura, como el Fernsehturm, la torre de televisión más alta de la Unión Europea.

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  • Indoor Flohmarkt in Alexanderplatz

    by sundayextraordinaire Written Dec 27, 2009

    Hello!

    In Alexanderplatz, basically on the foot of the TV Tower, you can find the .HBC, former Hungarian cultural center, now arty space.
    Every sunday, there's a very special fleamarket with designers, second hand items, gracious food and famous glühwein.
    There's a selection of DJs and live shows. It's inside and the place is lovely.

    It's a little hidden, so you have to find the stairs on the Karl-Liebknecht str. 9 and follow them to the first floor.
    See you there!

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    Konigskolonnaden

    by alancollins Written Jun 15, 2009

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    If you walk north along Potsdamer Strasse from Kleistpark U-Bahn Station you will be greeted by a glorious entrance into Kleist Park. The 52 metre recently restored sandstone Konigskolonnaden was completed in 1780 from design by Carl von Gontard. Originally the structure stood close to Alexanderplatz but was moved to its present postion in 1910 to make way for building work and traffic.

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    Alexander platz

    by mvtouring Written Nov 1, 2008

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    Alexanderplatz is a vast square and was the former East Berlin's main commercial hub. It is called 'Alex' by the locals and was one of the most vibrant parts of Berlin prior to the second World War.

    At the centre of Alexanderplatz stands the Weltzeituhr (world time clock) and the - impossible to miss - TV Tower.

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    A bit of tourist trap... but still good to check o

    by Bela_LUng Written Jul 13, 2008

    Alexanderplatz is a large area surrounded by shops and stores. But as you make your way towards the Reichstag and Brandenburg gate area, you will encounter some giant museums, church's, as well as more shops. I chose this as
    my start point for a walk I took to wards the Reichstag, and then into the Tiergarden.

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    Alexanderplatz

    by deeper_blue Written Jul 7, 2008

    This is the main square in East Berlin, most of the buildings were destroyed in the war, and many of the buildings were rebuilt in Soviet style. You won't have a problem finding the square, just look for the imposing television tower.

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    World Time Clock

    by darkjedi Updated Jun 4, 2008

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    The World Time Clock is one of the Alexanderplatz's most well-known features. It was constructed in 1969 as part of the square's redevelopment and has become a popular meeting point.

    Weighing 16 tonnes and 10 metres tall, it features a revolving cylinder with the world's 24 time zones bearing the names of major cities in each zone. The mechanism constructed in a way which enables the current time in each zone to be read.

    The clock is topped by a simplified model of the solar system, which revolves once a minute. Unfortunately the day I visited Alexanderplatz the clock was broken, showing the wrong time and not moving . Sigh!!

    A Broken World Time Clock

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