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Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz is the former East German city-centre, now a pedestrianised zone with excellent shopping opportunities and good food.

TravelCurious Tip

As you walk around, look out for the differences in architecture between buildings built under the Communists and the other that have sprung up after subsequent government investment: the styles make for quite a contrast.

Metropolitan

Alexanderplatz, colloquially referred to as Alex by Berliners, is a park in former East Germany near the Fernsehturm, the enormous TV tower which has become the ultimate civic emblem of the country. Nearly every metro stops at U or S-bahn Alexanderplatz, so it’s incredibly easy to get to for lunch, or to enjoy its well-provisioned shopping district.

Alexanderplatz has a fun, relaxed city vibe - it’s a place where true Berliners come to sit, drink a few Pilsener and enjoy the bands and performers who move about the park.


A show of power

In the Cold War Alexanderplatz was essentially the East German city-centre. The construction of a huge tower was as much a political play as a reflection of the revolutionary broadcasting technology being introduced worldwide. It has an austere, futuristic appearance and, importantly to the East Germans, was visible from almost everywhere in Berlin. It dominates the skyline in a city with few other high-rise buildings, the main financial centre remaining in Frankfurt. It was a message to the capitalist world, a statement of intent, a display of power.

Alex’s heyday was the 1920s, when together with Potsdamer Platz it was at the heart of Berlin's nightlife, inspiring the 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz, a classic of the interwar period.

Nearby Attractions

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Fernsehturm
A TV tower in central Berlin, Fernsehturm towers 368 metres over the city.
Rotes Rathaus
Home to Berlin’s political bodies, the Red Town Hall is easily recognisable by its vivid red brick exterior.
Nikolai Quarter
One of the oldest residential areas of Berlin, this quarter is filled with enjoyable bars and restaurants.
St Mary's Church
A Protestant church founded during Berlin’s medieval urban expansion in 1250.
Currywurst
Famous traditional German fast food invented after WWII, consisting of hot pork sausage cut into slices and seasoned with curry sauce.
Beer
Simple, traditional, and perfectly balanced, with clean, wholesome flavours, beers like Schneider-Weisse and Augustiner Helles are the product of 800 years of brewing history.

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