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Next to Alexanderplatz there is Marx-Engels-Forum, a park full of old fashioned communist style and more modern statues and fountains. The huge monument of Marx and Engels is a popular picture taking point but I also like the steel blocks you can take "Berlin Vertical" pictures with!
'Tis a silly place. A massive platz of Soviet proportions, architecturally painful yet filled to the brim with the heady brew of capitalism. And tucked away in a corner: the World Clock, a symbol of Global Communism if ever there was one. On this fantastic timepiece, you can find the time in Havana, Dar Es Salaam, and countless other hot spots. A timeless classic. Again, no pun intended.
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This has been the heart of the East GDR shopping dreams....at least for us "Wessies" In GDR times the Centrum department store was the biggest in this communist country.
We liked it to spend our 25 Marks we had to change a the border on our class trip in 87. Most of us bought GDR flags I think.
The Square is still home of many departement stores etc... You also find Burger King here...and a great bookstore at on edge of the Square...you might want to by some Berlin books here....
It looks like a second hand bookstore, but it isn´t!
Another "highlight" is this Brunnen der Freundschaft (Fountain of Friendship) in the middle of the square.....
At the beginning of the 19th century, the Alexander-platz was one of the busiest squares in the city. Originally it was called the Ochsenmarkt or oxen market, but after a visit by Tzar Alexander I it was renamed to Alexanderplatz. The locals simply call this large square 'Alex'.
Most of the buildings on the square were destroyed by bombing during the second world war. As the center of East-Berlin, the square was used as a showcase of socialist architecture. This resulted in some plain bulky buildings and a huge television tower.
The TV tower, known as the Fernsehturm or the Tele-spargel (toothpick) is one of the largest structures in Europe. The total length to the top of the spire is 365m or 1197 ft. It was built in 1969 by a team of architects with the help of Swedish experts. It contains a concrete shaft, a steel-cladded metal sphere and a TV antenna. The sphere contains a revolving restaurant (Telecafé) at 207m and a viewing platform at a height of 203m.
In 1969 two more monuments were added to the square, the Weltzeituhr (World Time Clock) by Erich John and the Fountain of International Friendship.
The square is known to be one of the least attractive from an architectural point of view, so the city of Berlin commissioned an architectural competition which was won by Hans Kohlhoff (also one of the architects of the modern Potsdamer Platz). The plan involves the construction of several modern high-rise buildings.
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Alexanderplatz and the world time watch
The world time watch - Weltzeituhr stands on the Alexanderplatz since 1969.
Alexanderplatz was heavily damaged during the war was totally reconstructed in the years after 1965. Formerly called Ochsenplatz, got its today's name on the occasion of a visit of the Russian car Alexander I in 1805.
One of the oldest landmarks of Berlin, this square is not very charmy aesthetically (just look at the enormous Forum Hotel Tower), but it's got a lot of history inside. To catch the ambience in the first half of the 20th century, read the book "Berlin Alexanderplatz" by Alfred Döblin (1878-1957). There is a refurbishing projected, but nowadays is got not much interest to visit...
ALEXANDERPLATZ. Wow.. this...
ALEXANDERPLATZ. Wow.. this place is a trip! The heart and soul of Weimar Berlin, this plaza has left its wonderful taste in urban design. (sarcasm there) My first impression was: why did they dedicate a statue to Michael Jackson? haha..
DDR Moto museum
This museum I found close to our hotel on Alexanderplatz. If you like moto. I think it would be very interesting to visit this small moto-museum.
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This lovely church is on one of the sides of Alexanderplatz.
We didn't make it inside on this trip. Maybe next time.
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East Berlin's centre square
Alexanderplatz is the most famous square in Berlin. The square is also home to the World Time Clock, and the Fountain of International Friendship
Probably most known part of the Berlin, with the symbol of the city - the TV tower - and with the clock showing the time all around the world.
From the TV tower there is nice view of the city.
This is a square stretching from the TV Tower to the Spree river. The centre is filled with a staue of Marx & Engels added in 1986. This provides plenty of photo opportunities.
In the far view is Fernsehturn tower that sits in middle of Alexander Plaz. It is 1300 feet high. No pics of platz taken by us. It is named for Alexander of Russia. It is a progressive
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The Centre of Berlin, during the divide in the city this was largely dead, but has been revitalized in recent years.
An open square in the centre. It didn't impress me, but a lot of people I know thought it was great.
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