Monday, May 17, 2010

Berlin - Alexanderplatz ...

... view from Alexanderplatz
to Television tower and
train station
Alexanderplatz ... (EN)
... is one of the busiest transportation hubs
in the Berlin area ...

... The Straßenbahn (or Tram) is the real thing.
the Straßenbahn is perhaps one of the best
ways to see the eastern parts of the city
in way one never could otherwise.
To more than a few hard-core West Berliners,
the Straßenbahn is regarded as something akin
to an extra-terrestrial kitsch object,
a left-over from former East Berlin
which they are cautious to approach.


... There are two buildings of the late twenties of
the past century which still exist that have a great
impact on the actual shape of Alexanderplatz.
They were the only two buildings that were erected
according to the 1929 developed master plan
of Peter Behrens. ...


... in the background the Berolinahouse (1932)
by architect Peter Behrens...

... Urania-Weltzeituhr / The World Time Clock (1969) ...
by Erich John
... in the background the Alexanderhouse (1932)
by architect Peter Behrens ...

Worldtime Clock ... (EN)
... is a clock which displays the time for many
(or all) places around the world.

... Socialist mural at the Haus des Lehrers ...

... Unser Leben / Our life (1964)
by Walter Womacka ...

... a frieze zone between the 2nd and 5th floor
surrounding the whole building. Walter Womacka
designed the frieze in the style of Mexican wall
paintings. With its 7 m. in height and 125 m. in length
the frieze forms part of the largest works of art
in Europe. It is entitled "Our Life" and displays scenes
from the social life in the GDR ...


... House of the Teacher and view on House of Statistics ...

... Haus des Lehrers/ House of the Teacher (1964)
by architect Hermann Henselmann ...

... The first high rise building at Alexanderplatz was built
between 1962 and 1964, it is the so called "House of
the Teacher" – with 12 storeys and 54 metres high -
built by the architect Hermann Henselmann.
The foundation stone was laid on 12-12-1962.
The "House of the Teacher" was erected at the very
same spot where the Berlin teachers´community house
had been built in 1908 which had been destroyed during
the war. On September 9th, 1964 the new building was
handed over in a grand ceremony to the Lord Mayor
Friedrich Ebert .

... view on Alexanderstrasse ...

... '2010 - 20 jahre deutsche Einheit' ...
Open-air exhibition “Friedliche Revolution/ ...(DE)
The Peaceful Revolution 1989/90”)


... Wir sind das Volk, Wir sind ein Volk ...
... the most often used protest slogan of the Monday
demonstrations as well as the Alexanderplatz
demonstration was "Wir sind das Volk /
We are the people" which became "Wir sind ein Volk /
We are one people" after the fall of the Berlin Wall,
thus changing the nature of the demonstrations.

Monday demonstrations in East Germany ... (EN)
... the most famous chant became 'Wir sind das Volk! /
We are the people!',
reminding their leaders that a democratic
republic has
to be ruled by the people, not by an undemocratic
party claiming to represent them ...

The Alexanderplatz demonstration ... (EN)
... was a demonstration for political reforms and against
the government of the German Democratic Republic
on Alexanderplatz in East Berlin on 4 November 1989.

With between half a million and a million protesters it was
one of the largest demonstrations in East German history and
a milestone of the peaceful revolution that led to the fall
of the Berlin Wall and German reunification ...

... Crêpes Bahnhof Alex, coffee ...

... Alexanderplatz S-Bahn rapid transit line S5 ...

... socialist workers' paradise ...

Alexanderplatz ... (EN)
... is a large public square and transport hub
in the Mitte /
city centre district of Berlin.
Berliners often call it simply Alex, referring to a larger neighborhood
stretching from
Mollstraße in the northeast to Spandauer Straße
and the City Hall in the southwest ...