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ALEXANDERPLATZ

Alexanderplatz is a large public square and transport hub in the central Mitte district of Berlin, near the Fernsehturm.  One of city’s the most visited squares, Alexanderplatz is the site of many attractions and sights in Berlin. Alex” to Berliners, a cattle market in the Middle Ages, a military parade square and an exercise ground for nearby barracks until the mid 19th century – Alexanderplatz is the square named to honour Alexander I, Tsar of Russia, on his visit to Berlin in 1805. It was here that Alfred Döblin took the pulse of the cosmopolitan metropolis portrayed in his 1929 novel “Berlin Alexanderplatz” filmed by Fassbinder for a TV series as a portrait of the bustling city in the 1920s before the imminent Nazi takeover. Fast forward to more recent times, one million people congregated here, on 4 November 1989 to demonstrate against the GDR regime shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was the largest anti-government demonstration in its history.

Places To Discover –

THE PRESS CAFÉ:

The Press Cafe on the Alexanderplatz, part of an office building given over to publishing enterprises, 1977. The mural, which has now been covered over, publicized the Marxist version of the press.

 

 

 

BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ STATION:

Berlin Alexanderplatz is a German railway station in the Mitte district of Berlin’s city centre. It is one of the busiest transport hubs in the Berlin area. The station is named for the Alexanderplatz on which it is located, near the Fernsehturm and the World clock. Like other long-distance stations, Alexanderplatz is also a shopping centre for selling merchandise to travelers. Due to its importance and central location, it is a site where tourists regularly change. Alexanderplatz station opened on 7 February 1882 on the Berlin Stadtbahn viaduct from Charlottenburg to Ostbahnhof then named Schlesischer Bahnhof. In 1926 the station hall spanning two platforms with four tracks was rebuilt in its present plain style. Heavily damaged in World War II, train service at the station was resumed on 4 November 1945, while the reconstruction of the hall continued until 1951.

The first U-Bahn station of the present U2 line designed by Alfred Grenander entered service on 1 July 1913; then the eastern terminus of Berlin’s second line from Potsdamer Platz via Spittelmarkt. The platforms of the U8 and the U5 opened on 18 April 1930 and 21 December 1930 respectively, also built according to Grenander’s conception, but in a distinct Modern style. The U2 station was also renovated after the Alexanderplatz fire in 1972.

WORLDTIME CLOCK:

A world clock is a clock which displays the time for various cities around the world. The display can take various forms./The clock face can incorporate multiple round analogue clocks with moving hands or multiple digital clocks with numeric readouts, with each clock being labelled with the name of a major city or time zone in the world. It could also be a picture map of the world with embedded analog or digital time-displays. A moving circular map of the world, rotating inside a stationary 24-hour dial ring. Alternatively, the disc can be stationary and the ring moving. Light projection onto a map representing daytime, used in the Geochron, a brand of a particular form of world clock.

 

FERNSEHTURM:

The tower was constructed between 1965 and 1969 by the government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). It was intended as both a symbol of communist power and of Berlin. The Fernsehturm is a television tower in central Berlin, Germany Close to Alexanderplatz in Berlin-Mitte. With its height of 368 metres (including antenna) it is the tallest structure in Germany, and the second tallest structure in the European Union. The original total height of the tower was 365 metres (1,198 ft), but it rose to 368 metres (1,207 ft) after the installation of a new antenna in 1997. The Fernsehturm is the fourth tallest freestanding structure in Europe.

Opening Times:

Open all days however shopping area and stores are open 09:00 – 21:00 except Sunday.

Tickets and Prices:

The entry fees for Alexanderplatz is Free. For Berlin TV Tower: Adults from €13 / children from €8.50 / free entry for children under 4.

 

 

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