Sunday, 16 June 2013

Alexanderplatz, Berlin, DDR


Today's postcard is from the mid 1980s, and I bought it in East Berlin.  77 years on from yesterday's view, this part of Berlin was at the time in the DDR (East Germany).  The Fernsehturm (television tower) was constructed at the edge of Alexanderplatz, so we can roughly see the area.  There's no comparison really with 1908 scene.

5 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed my Berlin visit, but the Alexanderplatz was a disappointment. There was a long queue at the Fernsehturm so we skipped that. The old church seems strangely out of place.

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    1. I didn't get to the Fernsehturn either, spent a long time wandering around Unter den Linden and had lunch in a restaurant in that area. Parts of East Berlin were like stepping back 40 years (from the 1980s that is). I enjoyed my stay in Berlin very much.

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  2. I would have never guessed this was the same place from the pleasant 1908 view, the Unter den Linden was a better destination. Although I rather like the television towers.

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  3. I could see the Fernsehturm from my hotel room in Berlin when I was there in 2009 (and from many other places in the city of course), and did the touristy thing and went to the observation deck of the tower as well. Spectacular view from there though. The lack of advertising signs in the GDR postcard is noteworthy, quite different from today.

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    1. As I looked through old postcards, I was struck by how many changes Berlin has been through in the last 100 or so years.

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