Open since 1953, this was once one of East Berlin's most popular cafes and still makes for a delightfully retro coffee break. It also...
No matter if you grew up with PacMan, World of Warcraft or no games at all, this well-curated museum takes you on a fascinating trip...
Friedhof der Märzgefallenen
A cemetery for the victims of the revolutionary riots in March 1848.
This sophisticated bar right on Karl-Marx-Allee has been carved out of the eponymous Czech national airline offices and emanates an...
Pavillon im Volkspark Friedrichshain
An East Berlin institution since 1973, Pavillon serves breakfast until 4pm and is best on sunny days, when you can dig into schnitzel,...
It’s easy to feel like Gulliver in the Land of Brobdingnag when walking down monumental Karl-Marx-Allee, one of Berlin's most impressive GDR-era relics. Built between 1952 and 1960, the 90m-wide boulevard runs for 2.3km between Alexanderplatz and Frankfurter Tor and is a fabulous showcase of East German architecture. A considerable source of national pride back then, it provided modern flats for comrades and served as a backdrop for military parades.
Some of the finest East German architects of the day (Hartmann, Henselmann, Hopp, Leucht, Paulick and Souradny) collaborated on KMA's construction, looking to Moscow for inspiration. There, Stalin favoured a style that was essentially a socialist reinterpretation of good old-fashioned neoclassicism. In East Berlin, Prussian building master Karl Friedrich Schinkel would be the stylistic godfather, rather than Walter Gropius and the boxy modernist aesthetic embraced in the West.
Living here was a privilege; in fact, for a long time there was no better standard of living in East Germany. Flats featured such luxuries as central heating, lifts (elevators), tiled baths and built-in kitchens; facades were swathed in Meissen tiles.