Karl-Marx-Allee (Stalinallee) Tours

Karl-Marx-Allee was the most famous street in East Berlin. Originally known as Große Frankfurter Straße, it was renamed Stalinallee on Dec. 21, 1949, Stalin's 70th birthday. The street was built as part of the Soviet's reconstruction plan and included residential blocks with buildings designed in the classic Soviet style. The buildings had apartments for workers as well as shops, restaurants, a huge movie theater and a hotel.

On June 17, 1953, Stalinallee was the center of a worker uprising against the communist government. Soviet tanks and troops put a stop to the uprising quickly, and unfortunately at least 125 people lost their lives. Later the road was used for East Germany's annual May Day parade, which included thousands of soldiers along with tanks and other military vehicles to display the power of the communist government.

After Stalin's death, the street was renamed Karl-Marx-Allee on November 13, 1961. Karl-Marx-Allee is 89 meters (97 yards) wide and nearly 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) long. At each end are dual towers at Frankfurter Tor and Strausberger Platz. The street was, and still is, a popular place to go shopping and relax at a cafe. After reunification, the residential buildings on Karl-Marx-Allee were sold to investors and underwent extensive renovations. Today, the apartments are a popular place to live. 

Practical Info

To get to Karl-Marx-Allee, start at Alexanderplatz. The U5 runs along Karl-Marx-Allee, so you can get out at any station between Alexanderplatz and Frankfurter Tor. 
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Address: Karl-Marx-Allee, Berlin, Germany
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Berlin Small-Group Historical Half-Day Tour of East Berlin

Explore Berlin’s divided past with a local historian on a 3-hour, small-group tour of the city’s key communist-era sites. Start your tour at the Brandenburg Gate that divided East and West Berlin, and learn how families were separated as they tried to pass through the Friedrichstrasse train station. Visit a moving memorial to murdered East Berliners at the once-notorious ‘death strip.’ See an expansive Soviet housing complex and the headquarters of East Germany’s secret police, then finish your tour at Alexanderplatz, where fierce demonstrations helped end Communist rule.
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Private 3-Hour Historical Tour of East Berlin City

East Germany may have died in November 1989 when the Wall came tumbling down but the eastern portion of Berlin is still a fascinating monument to the city's strange and intriguing 20th-century history. This Private 3-hour tour immerses you in the East Germany of the Cold War, taking you to the headquarter of the Stasi (the state police), the wide Stalinist building-flanked Karl Marx Boulevard and Berlin Wall, among many other sites. Learn from the guide about the history of the GDR, German Democratic Republic (AKA East Germany) and about Communist rule and East Germans’ growing discontent and their government’s brutal suppression.
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East Berlin and Cold War Half-Day Walking Tour

Learn the history behind the Cold War while you sightsee on this 4-hour walking tour of East Berlin. Led by a guide, explore the Cold War capital of spies, secret police, and exciting escapes. Visit the Berlin Wall memorial, see the Stasi headquarters, and stand at the place where the Wall fell in 1989. A Berlin city map with museum recommendations and public transportation information is also included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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4-Hour Berlin Sightseeing and Food Tasting Tour

With limited time to discover Berlin, this tour checks off all the top sights while visiting some of the city’s foodie hotspots. Learn more about Berlin’s history as you visit the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, and Hitler’s Bunker; admire landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, and the TV Tower; and sample a variety of delicious foods along the way.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private Walking Tour: Behind the Iron Curtain and Berlin Wall

Discover Berlin as the center of the Cold War on this private, guided, 4-hour historical walking tour. After World War II, Berlin became the pivotal city in a struggle to control war-torn Europe. Retrace the trail of the “death strip” and the Berlin Wall. Visit some of Berlin’s relevant Cold War locations, like the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse, Karl-Marx-Allee, Gethsemane Church, Bornholmer Strasse and much more. Learn about the history of Berlin, from its founding to a divided city of the Cold War.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small-Group Bike Tour of Alternative Berlin

Discover Berlin’s alternative side on a bike tour that goes beyond the main city sights. Venture off the beaten track with an informative guide, who introduces you to the city from a local perspective as you visit districts like Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg and check out locations such as the East Side Gallery, RAW Tempel and more.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Alternative Berlin Bike Tour: Berlin Off the Beaten Tracks

Discover Berlin in an entirely new way: via bicycle. Do like the locals do and get around Berlin on a bike. This 3.5-hour bicycle tour with a Dutch-speaking guide will take you off-the-beaten track to the hip neighborhoods of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, cruising down the wide Karl Marx Allee with its impressive collection of Stalinist architecture and through parts of town dominated by artists, hipsters and Turkish immigrants
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Kreuzberg And Spree Riverside Bike Tour

Go beyond the Berlin Wall with a hidden gems bike tour through the neighborhoods of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. Follow your German-speaking guide along the Spree to discover unique places such as Kulturbrauerei, a refurbished brewery, the famous Oberbaum Bridge, and RAW, an artistic space on the river. Learn about the culture of the city and get insider tips from your informative guide.
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