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Karl-Marx-Allee – Architecture of East Berlin

A giant Coffee Cup sign on the side of a building on Otto-Braun-Strasse in Berlin

The influence of Soviet-style architecture on DDR-era construction in East Berlin is plain to see on Karl-Marx-Allee, which runs from Alexanderplatz to Frankfurter Tor.

Yesterday, I set out from home with no plan other than to make the most of the sun and get a bit of fresh air.  I just wandered.  And I ended up walking along the Karl-Marx-Allee.

Unfortunately, because of my lack of planning my feet were tired and I was ready to call it a day by the time I reached Frankfurter Tor so my photos are mainly from one side of the street.  I will have to go back another day and walk from Frankfurter Tor to Alexanderplatz on the South side of the street.

There is an excellent article about Karl-Marx-Allee on Journey to Berlin with more detail about the history of the street and plenty more photos.

The Haus Berlin sign on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin The picture of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in the Iron Lady adds to the effect of the architecture of Kino International on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin The sign on the roof of Cafe Moskau on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin

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4 Responses to Karl-Marx-Allee – Architecture of East Berlin

  1. James 20 March, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Great post!
    If you want to dig deeper into Berlin’s Soviet heritage, a friend of ours has made a documentary called “My DDR T-Shirt”. Check it out:


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