This is part one of our four part series about Karl-Marx-Allee boulevard.
The walk from Alexanderplatz to Strausberger Platz U-Bahn station takes you through the newest buildings on Karl-Marx-Alee. This section was built between 1959-1964 (second phase of construction) and contains buildings which seem a bit fancier than normal plattenbau but lack the luxurious style that the rest of the boulevard is known for.
Kino International was built between 1961-63 and held the film premieres of the GDR until 1990.
Café Moskau opened its doors in the early 1960s and was one of the few state owned restaurants operating on Karl Marx Allee. These restaurants and cafés were intended to showcase food and cultures from other Socialist countries. On the roof of the restaurant, you can see an original sized replica of the Sputnik satellite which was a gift from the Ambassador of the USSR. On the front of the building is a tile mural by painter Burt Heller, which depicts scenes from the lives of the Soviet people.
Here we see a bit of history that has been left behind. Tatra, a still-operating brand of automobiles and trucks from the Czech Republic advertised on top of this residential building before the Berlin wall fell.
Many of the shops and buildings in this section have their original tiles which are very distinctive and in great shape considering the amount of time that has passed.
Continue to the second part of our Karl Marx Allee tour: