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Gone but not Forgotten
The eastern bank of the Spree used to be a densely populated part of Berlin’s old town but Allied air-raids in 1944/45 reduced it to rubble.
After the war, under GDR control, the ruins were cleared away and the area was left empty until it was decided to construct a park in honour of the founders of socialism - namely Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
The park was opened in 1986 with its centrepiece being a bronze statue of the two men by Ludwig Engelhardt. After re-unification the sculpture became a contentious hot potato, but in the end Marx and Engels were allowed to stay.
The park forms part of a large swathe of land that stretches up to the TV Tower and Alexanderplatz and although it’s probably not worth making a special journey for it’s worth checking out if you’re in the area. It’s location is between the Town Hall and the Cathedral and public transport is plentiful. One word of warning though. At the present time construction of the U5 extension is taking place all the way down through this area between Alexanderplatz and the Brandenburg Tor station and won’t be completed until 2019.
As progress marches ever onwards it’s probably worth remembering that although the wall eventually came down, the socialist ideology hasn’t vanished altogether.
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels may be gone but they’re not entirely forgotten.
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A statue to the founding fathers of socialism Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels can be found in the Marx-Engels-Forum. The park was created by the former German Democratic Republic in 1986. Since Re-unification the area has sparked controversy amongst Berliners as to whether the statue should remain and the park renamed. It is a popular area with tourists who photograph the statue and rest on benches around the park.
Marx & Engels
Marx&Engels Forum is a public park in the Mitte district. The park was created by the authorities of the former GDR in 1986, on the site where densely populated Old Town quarter used to be before WW II. The Old Town district was totally demolished in bombing raids and was never reconstructed.
The sculptor Ludwig Engelhardt was appointed as a director of the project to redeveloped the site as a tribute to Marx and Engels, the founders of the comunist movement. The sculpture is placed in the central position of the park and is consisting of larger than life bronze figures of sitting Marx and standing Engels.
After reunification in 1990 a Forum became the subject of public controversy. Some Berliners saw the Forum as an unwanted relic of a defunct regime and argued for the removal of the statues, others argued that the site has both artistic and historical significance, and should be preserved. The statues are now becoming tourist attraction!
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The centre of Berlin, the Mitte, was once a heavily populated district. But after the bombs of World War 2 destroyed the area, the whole place was cleared out and left empty. Part of that area became, in 1986, a park called the Marx-Engels Forum, in honour of the two men credited as founding socialism: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. You can find statues of these two thinkers in the park, although they've been moved from the central location to an area in the trees off Karl-Liebknecht Strasse. This is because the authorities have been planning to destroy the park, as they have many of the other legacies of the GDR (former East Germany).
The Marx-Engels Forum is a park in Mitte that centres around a statue of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, the co-authors of the Communist Manifesto. The park is in what used to be East Berlin and was built during the communist era, making it one of the few remaining relics of communism in the city. When the Berlin Wall came down and communism in Germany fell in 1990 there was some debate over the future of the statue, but it was never removed. There isn’t much else to see at this park, other than an almost totally unobstructed view of the TV Tower, another icon from communist times, but it’s definitely worth stopping by to get a photo with the fathers of communism, regardless of your political views.
Marx-Engels Forum - Green side of Alexanderplatz
Marx-Engels Forum is rather a grandiose name for what's in reality a typically inner-city park without much in the way of embellishment. But it is a green space and the pleasures of grass and trees in the middle of so much traffic and concrete cannot be over-estimated.
No chilling out for tourists though because bang slap in the middle of the park are the monumental bronze statues of Marx and Engels by Ludwig Engelhardt. Attempting to get a photo without someone else in the frame requires quite a bit of circling and steely glances but patience usually wins out in the end. Whatever your feelings about communism, Marx or Engels, these are seriously impressive pirces of sculpture and if you like things on a monumental scale you will love them.
These statues have only been around since the 1980s and I am quite surprised that they are still there , almost 20 years after re-unification. Not surprisingly, many people wanted the statues removed and the park re-named but so far it has been retained because of its apparent historical and artistic significance.
By the way, Engels is the one standing up and Marx is sitting down. I think they are definitely worth a visit if you're in the Alexander Platz area.
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Marx & Engels
Here I am' felling so small!!!! :-)))
This is a park just in front of Rotes Rathaus (Town Hall), were you can find Marx and Engels statues.
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