From ‘Workers’ Lockers’ to ‘Workers’ Palaces’ – Housing in the GDR

Strausberger Platz was a real flagship project for GDR architecture, with many East Germans hoping for a chance to move into one of the apartments. There were features in national newspapers and inaugural festivities to celebrate the arrival of the first tenants. Who were the apartments built for? ‘Workers who were allocated an apartment in the first socialist street as a reward for their achievements’ (Berliner Zeitung, 7 January 1953). A look at the alternatives available at the time shows why these apartments had such a powerful resonance as symbols of aspiration.

Poster for the reconstruction campaign of Berlin, reading ‘Get involved in the National Restoration Scheme’ – Source: Wilhelm Schubert, Plakat, 1952 | Berlin 1952 | Pinterest

Looking Back – The Evolution of Strausberger Platz

There are few other places in Berlin where history is as tangible as it is at Strausberger Platz. Today, the “wedding-cake style ” buildings give little indication of the monumental upheavals the square and its access road, Karl-Marx-Allee, have borne witness to over the years – destruction, reconstruction, demonstrations and, most recently, its renaissance as an urban hotspot. Let’s take a look back at the historical events that have made Strausberger Platz what it is today.

An example for the “wedding-cake style” at Strausberger Platz

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Strausberger Platz: 4 Great Places to Swim and Chill on Hot Days

Summer is great. The trees are green, the sky is blue, the sun is shining. The only downside is that, with temperatures in the city quickly climbing past the 30°C/86°F mark, you can sometimes have too much of a good thing. Fortunately, Berlin and the surrounding area offer plenty of cool places to escape to when the heat is on. Read on for our top 4 spots to swim and chill.

Central Berlin - Swimming near Strausberger Platz
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EAST SIDE GALLERY – The World’s Longest Open-Air Art Gallery

Without a doubt the most significant building in the history of Berlin, the Wall divided not just a city, but an entire country for almost three decades between 1961 and 1989. Although residents and artists on the western side had long transformed parts of the forbidding grey structure into works of art, the 1.3km (0.8mi) section that remains today as the world’s longest open-air art gallery was created after the fall of the Wall. Read on to find out more about the story behind the East Side Gallery, its most iconic images and much more.

East Side Gallery
Berlin East Side Gallery, Source:
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