Travel through the borough of Friedrichshain into the past of East Berlin on this audio tour. Delve into daily life in the German Democratic Republic of the 1950s and meet many bizarre characters on the way.
What to Expect
On this audio tour through the borough of Friedrichshain, you will travel back into the past of East Berlin.
The tour is based on the story of Andrej, an academic of German Studies in his mid-fifties from Moscow. At the age of 8, when he was still called Andreas, he left post-war Berlin with his mother. Now, 45 years later he returns to his birth place and to the places of his childhood. On this expedition past landmarked buildings he comes across many bizarre characters whose stories give us an insight into daily life in the German Democratic Republic of the 1950s. Apart from an American who drives a Trabant and the inventor of the panel building type P2, he also meets the former premier Hans Modrow and a witness of the Uprising of June the 17th 1953, where at least 55 people were killed. The encounter with a woman called Schiltzer, who claims to have received the order at the time to encrypt the television tower, is in the end the reason Andrej finds what he has been looking for for so long...
Starting point of the tour is the apartment building on former Lenin Square, today called United Nations Square, where now instead of a statue of Lenin there is a fountain. From here you go to the Strausberger Platz, where the borough of Friedrichshain borders on Berlin-Mitte and the Uprising of 1953 originated. You continue along the former Stalinallee, now Karl-Marx-Allee, whose luxurious apartment buildings were to represent the strength and engineering skills of the German Democratic Republic. Past the Laubenganghaus you arrive at the tower building at the Weberwiese, which is considered the first “socialist house” of Berlin and served for the Stalinallee as an exemplary building model.
Know Before You Go
At the meeting point, you will receive your audio guide and the route plan you will need for this tour