Frankfurter Tor is a large square in the heart of Friedrichshain. It is named after the 18th century city gate on the road to Frankfurt (Oder). Karl-Marx-Allee, the grandiose socialist boulevard built by the GDR (East Germany) begins here and goes all the way to Alexanderplatz. The prominent domed towers that stand today were built between 1953 and 1956 and refurbished after the Berlin wall fell.
The buildings in this area were built to showcase East Germany and all that the socialist state represented. They are an important part of East German history and are all protected buildings (Denkmal). The buildings surrounding the square were meant for well-to-do families, important governmental workers and otherwise influential residents. We’ve covered it extensively in our walk through Karl-Marx-Allee series which we recommend if you’re visiting East Berlin and have any interest in the history of the GDR (East Germany).
In this general area you are within walking distance to both Warshauer Straße (15 minutes) and Boxhagener Platz (10 minutes). These two areas of Friedrichshain are very popular and include lots of restaurants, cafes and shops. In comparison, Frankfurter Tor is more residential and quiet.
Berliners can frequently be seen in Summer soaking up the sun and relaxing around the square, as each corner has seating areas and steps. Be sure to grab a seat, take a break from sightseeing and enjoy a bit of Friedrichshain while you’re there.
Address: Frankfurter Tor 1, 10243
How to get there
Both the Tram and U-Bahn stop directly in front of the domed towers.
U-Bahn: U5 (Frankfurter Tor)
Tram: M10, 21