Karl Marx Allee — From Frankfurter Tor to Haus der Statistik

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I realized that I hadn’t posted anything for a very long time and thought I would do something about that by posting photos from a walk ¬†I took in December¬†down Karl-Marx-Allee.

Karl-Marx-Allee is one of my favorite streets ever, I think. Basically, you can’t really do anything particularly interesting on it (except going to the cinema, Karl-Marx-Allee has two beautiful cinemas; the International which is still operating and Kosmos, now some sort of conference center-for-hire, it seems). The thing you’re left with when walking down the ridiculously long and wide street is to admire the architecture. And it is truly splendid. At least until you come to Kino International. After that, towards Alexanderplatz, the boxy housing blocks which follow become a bit too boring in comparison to measure up to the worker’s palaces heading up towards Frankfurter Tor. These are also spectacular on a sunny day when their glazed tiles catch the sun.

The most interesting house down by Alexanderplatz on Karl-Marx-Allee is certainly Haus der Statistik, a former statistics headquarter for the GDR, I suppose. Since 1995 Haus der Statistik has been abandoned. Close by are the House of Teachers, House of Travel and House of the Electrical Industry.

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