Shopping is what most people come to Alexanderplatz for, but the square and its surroundings have more to offer.
Alexanderplatz was named after Tsar Alexander I, who passed the square in October of 1805. Its current appearance dates back to the reconstruction efforts of the GDR capital city centre, which were realized around 1970. The "Alex", as it is called by Berliners, became onen of Berlin's main shopping areas. There are various shopping malls, arcades, department stores and the like. The peripheral buildings, such as the Haus des Lehrers and the Haus des Reisens, are representative of the characteristic GDR architecture.
Television Tower, Marienkirche and World Clock
There are also sights to see on Alexanderplatz, such as the Berlin TV Tower, which at 368 meters is the highest tower in Germany and one of the city's main landmarks. A café is located inside the tower on a viewing platform at a height of 203 metres. Other sights are the Neptune Fountain and the Marienkirche (St. Mary’s Church), which is one of the oldest buildings in Berlin. Martin Luther King Jr. preached here once. The World Clock on Alexandplatz, designed by industrial designer Erich John in 1969, is a popular meeting place.
Alexanderplatz Traffic Junction
Alexanderplatz is also the central traffic junction of the city. Seven S-Bahn and subway lines from all directions stop here, as do numerous tram and bus lines and many regional trains.
Living on Alexanderplatz
In recent years, more and more hotels have been built around Alexanderplatz. But people are also living here permanently in the prefabricated concrete residential buildings. Long regarded as ugly, today these buildings are more in demand than ever because of the housing shortage in Berlin. Some even consider them hip. In addition to long-established tenants, more and more creative people and young families call the concrete blocks their home. One of the apartments' advantages, in addition to their location in Berlin's city center, is the spectacular view from the very top of the buildings.
Last edited: 14 July 2021