Episode 29: Karl-Marx-Allee

karl marx allee

Location:

Karl-Marx-Allee, 10178 Berlin

Facts:

  • Socialist boulevard
  • Designed during ’50s and ’60s
  • 2.3 km long and 90m wide

In Berlin you find more than 14,000 streets and squares – of course some of them more remarkable than others. And one street that is definitely noteworthy is the glorious Karl-Marx-Allee (Allee means avenue).

The avenue is mainly impressive because of its monumental architecture that dates back to the 1950s and ’60s and also because of the political ideology it was designed to communicate – more about that in our talk! But first some basics: The street is situated in the Eastern part of the city and its monumental architectural features were erected as part of a prestige project by GDR leaders.

Karl-Marx-Allee runs from Mitte to Friedrichshain and has a length of ca. 2,5 km. Almost 2 km of the avenue – the area between Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor are protected under monument conversation Law. This makes it the longest listed monument in the entire country.

Are you curious to hear more about what makes this avenue and its architecture so special? Go ahead and listen to our talk below! Go walk the Karl-Marx-Allee with us!

Photo and episode: Ute Linden

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