Alexanderplatz

Since its zenith in the 1920s, Berlin’s Alexanderplatz has been the central hub for shopping and light entertainment.

Centred around a wide-open plaza, visitors have a choice of various malls (the rust coloured Alexa or the more modern Galeria Kaufhof being prime examples), standalone shops, cinemas and bowling alleys. The shops near Alexanderplatz range from cheaply placed stalwarts like Primark to upmarket retailers such as MAC or the more tourist friendly fair of Ampelmann and ‘I heart Berlin’ stores.

For those less interested in the retail aspect of Alexanderplatz, the plaza’s location also offers unique views of the TV Tower, along with its famous world clock sculpture and an array of fountains.

From a historical and artistic perspective, the plaza has an additional significance, as the site of East Berlin’s largest public demonstration during the 1989 Peaceful Revolution; while its buildings also offer a unique example of the clashing architecture of post-unification Berlin, with modern glass malls standing shoulder to shoulder with uniform eastern bloc outlets.

 

Useful Information

Address: Alexanderplatz, 10178 Berlin Mitte

Transport: Train: (S-Bahn) S+U Alexanderplatz Bhf S5 S7 S75, Underground: S+U Alexanderplatz U5, Alexanderplatz U8, Bus: S+U Alexanderplatz Bhf M48

Yolanda George

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