DDR-Spurensuche auf der Karl-Marx-Allee – S-Bahn Berlin
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
S-Bahn Berlin planned a hike.
February 28, 2019
"Here on the Karl-Marx-Allee, the history of the GDR can be read off the tree like the age rings. Detlef already says yes to the name: after the founding of the GDR, the Frankfurter Allee was simply renamed Stalinallee. However, as the work of the Soviet dictator was increasingly viewed - say wa ma - more critically, the GDR officials referred to the origin of communism. What could be more appropriate than to rename the boulevard in Karl-Marx-Allee?Well, that's not all that de can discover here. Very clearly can be seen och the three stages. The Frankfurter Allee was almost completely in ruins after the war and was to be rebuilt as a new main street. Many architects have touched their fingers, I can glove. The contract was then awarded to the Bauhaus architect Hans Scharoun, who tear down all Berlin and according to his collective plan to re-design everything. Until 1950, two of his dream houses were built on the section between the street of the Paris Commune and Warschauer Strasse - the so-called arcade houses. One may or may not like the blocks, but at least Scharoun had the goal that all Berliners should get housing quickly and cheaply - socialism, ick listen to you. The two houses barely warned when Scharoun was deposed: too functionalist, too decadent, too burgeois. In addition - and det was probably the crucial point - not representative. After all, the whole world should learn that GDR socialism is superior to all other societies. And for that, the magnificent designs by Hermann Henselmann were simply better suited. Even today, the monumental buildings between Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor do not lose their effect.But now the jest of the story: The buildings warn so expensive, that soon was the end with cheap living space for all. From then on, only the most loyal GDR citizens lived in the new buildings. And when it was time for the third construction phase between Strausberger Platz and Alexanderplatz, there was hardly any coal left. The only salvation were blocky, but wonderfully cheap prefabricated buildings. And Hans Scharoun, who now built the Berlin Philharmonic in the west, secretly laughed in the throat. "The starting point of your small city walk is Alexanderplatz station. The S-Bahn lines S3, S5, S7 and S9 stop here. From here it goes past the house of the teacher, also a GDR building, and you already stand on the Karl-Marx-Allee. First, the road is crossed and you stroll along the towering prefabricated buildings of the third section of construction. As a stopover, the Kino International is the place to go, because in the bar on the first floor you can drink a coffee without a ticket.After the unadorned prefabricated buildings, it will be much more magnificent at Strausberger Platz. The impressive houses are nicknamed sugar confectionery due to the richly decorated tiles, reminiscent of biscuits and cookies. Along the magnificent houses you continue on to the rose garden. At the Frankfurter Tor with its distinctive towers you change the street side and make your way back. Halfway through, you pass through the arcaded houses of Hans Scharoun, who are, however, shyly hiding behind tall poplars. At the end of the tour you will reach the S-Bahn station Alexanderplatz again.
March 1, 2019