This is part three of our four part Karl-Marx-Allee walking tour.
Here you will find some of the first buildings constructed on Stalinallee (1951-58). The original five-story buildings that were planned for the boulevard still exist today, hidden in Summer by thick trees.
In the vicinity of the Weberwiese U-Bahn station lies a plaque in memory of the East German uprising of 1953. The original workers strike started here and proceeded with workers walking down Stalinallee to the government buildings at Alexanderplatz.
Between U-Bahnhof Weberwiese and Frankfurter Tor, you will see a number building entrances with intricate tiled murals showing typical Socialist themes. These entrances are located on both sides of the boulevard and are definitely worth a look.
Throughout Friedrichshain, you can see the famous Ampelmann gracing many street crossings. The Ampelmann is one of the few symbols of East Germany that has survived since the wall fell. Today, the Ampelmann is as popular as ever and an important artifact of East German culture.
This is probably a GDR-era sign, although we’re not sure when the Fleisherei arrived on the block.
Otto Grotewohl was the president of the GDR and ceremoniously laid the first block of the building.
It was in this area that I became aware of a strange man keeping tabs on me. He wasn’t your typical off-balanced Berliner, he was elderly, decently dressed and just looked kind of bored. Either way, he was seemingly very interested in my picture taking abilities and my perusing of his neighborhood. Perhaps he was an old Stasi agent once again plying his trade. If so, he definitely needed a refresher course on how to be low profile, although I’m not sure when exactly he started following me…
Continue to the fourth and final part of our Karl Marx Allee tour: