This is part two of our four part Karl-Marx-Allee walking tour.
Strausberger Platz starts the section of Karl Marx Alee with buildings designed primarily in Socialist Classicism style. This section of the boulevard was built between 1951-58.
This kind of sign is commonplace along Karl Marx Allee, it basically says:
“This house stands under monument protection. We ask that you don’t put things on this wall.”
You can’t have a Karl-Marx-Allee without Karl Marx himself being present.
The buildings that circle Strausberger Platz all have nets attached to them. This is curious because you won’t see them anywhere else along the boulevard although the buildings are very similar and also have businesses underneath them. You can clearly see the nets in the next two photographs.
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A reader has shared with us that when the buildings were refurbished in 2003, the wrong type of material was used and the glue isn’t sticking to the tiles anymore. The building owners could not afford to fix this monumental problem and nets were installed soon after to protect those walking on the street.
In case you aren’t familiar, these are what post office boxes look like in Berlin. In Germany, the post office only delivers mail (no pickups), so you have to find one of these lovely boxes to mail your postcards back home.
The entrance to the Strausberger Platz U-Bahn station is part of the building. Hopefully the ceiling is well insulated for the residents living above.
Typical Berlin. The district is called Friedrichshain and they used “-rein” instead, which means “clean”. There are a number of different funny expressions they put on the trashcans in Berlin, keep an eye out for them.
Tourist tip: This is a bike path, they are everywhere in Berlin. If you are not riding a bike, you should not be on it.
Karl-Marx-Allee is so full of history, blink and you may just miss it. This currently non-functioning fountain covers the area that held the Stalin monument until it was torn down in 1961.
Café Sibylle (Karl-Marx-Allee 72) is a café and museum dedicated to the history of Karl-Marx-Allee. Originally established in 1953 as the “Milchtrinkhalle”, it was renamed to Café Sibylle in the 1960s.
Karl-Marx-Allee facing west with the beautiful Frankfurter Tor towers in the background.
Keep your eyes open for the many depictions of the socialist working class on the boulevard.
The Rose Theatre opened in 1877 and was a private theatre for the working class. It was completely destroyed in World War II during the battle for Berlin. The new building hosts a middle section with what looks like a ticket window (behind it lies an office). This may be a coincidence but most likely is a small tribute to the former building.
Facing Alexanderplatz with the TV Tower (Fernsehturm) in the background.
The building which the Museum of Computer Games (Computerspiele Museum) currently resides formally held Café Warsaw, one of the other state owned restaurants on Karl-Marx-Allee.
To the left side of the Computerspiele Museum, there is an interesting tiled mural. Unfortunately, less than a week after these photos were taken, the mural was vandalized and large portions of it are now under a thick coat of ugly spray paint. Hopefully in the future, it can be restored to its former glory.
This was either a stamp collector’s store or a letter/stationary shop (Briefmarken means “Stamps” in German.) A few years back, the store shut down and was just recently turned into a wine store. It’s great that they kept the name, sign and other unique features of the store. Then we take Berlin has a nice little feature on the Briefmarken store including an interesting photo of the inside of the store after it was emptied by the previous tenants.
Continue to the third part of our Karl Marx Allee tour: