Events in Berlin

Please select a Date first.

Search for a company in Berlin

Berlin: Tour of Karl-Marx-Allee, the Socialist Boulevard

2 Reviews
Tours Wheelchair accessible

Experience the stunning architecture of the first socialist avenue in Germany. Hear the stories of the struggles, hopes and dreams of East Berliners and see how socialist ideology shaped their lives.

Our Top Experiences and Tours in Berlin:
If youʻre booking your trip to Berlin last minute, we have you covered. Below are some of the top tours and experiences!
View All Experiences


  • Discover how the Cold War shaped the architecture of Berlin
  • Admire the most ambitious building project in former East Berlin
  • Learn about the East German uprising of 1953
  • See the filming locations of The Lives of Others and The Queen's Gambit


The first socialist street in Germany is sure to impress – one cannot help but feel small walking past the grand housing blocks built in the so-called Stalinist ‘wedding-cake’ style. Intended as the main project of the East German national reconstruction programme after WWII, the street emerged from the ruins with the help of thousands of volunteers working day and night. But the building of the street almost cost the young East Germany its existence when in June 1953 disgruntled workers started a mass uprising that almost toppled the socialist government. The history of the street stretches much further back than the majestic buildings from 1950s would suggest. Intentionally hidden away from passersby by fast-growing poplars, the modernist architecture from immediate post-WWII years reminds one of the utopian urbanist ideas that were born in the ashes of destroyed Berlin but rejected soon after by the new East German regime that had radically different ideas of what socialist living meant. The street boasted the best East Berlin had to offer – cafes, restaurants and well-stocked shops, creating an image of idyllic life and affluence in socialism. Though, beyond the perfect facade the reality of the surveillance state remained well hidden – the wire taps in the flats and the listening stations in the attics used by the East German secret police were not meant to be seen. Left in a state of disrepair and increasingly looking like an odd curiosity form the past, this street seemed to disappear into oblivion after the fall of the Wall. But nothing is constant in Berlin, and it did not take very long for this street to attract the attention of real estate agents in a city with a housing crisis. While no longer a boulevard for socialist parades, the former Stalinallee is now a stage for protests of the local community against gentrification and the rise in the living cost.



Easy cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


Book Now! Berlin: Tour of Karl-Marx-Allee, the Socialist Boulevard

My Lists

Create New Guide


Mini Guides

Login to create your guides for Berlin.

Add to My Guide

Create New Guide



Recommended Experiences in Berlin

Create & Share your own Guide to Berlin with friends and family!

Add your recommended places to visit by browsing the website and pressing the icon.

Create your own guide of favourite 'must see' places

Earn your Local Expert badge by Sharing your guides with others

Get your guide seen by submitting it to the Mini Guides section


We Are Part of the My Guide Network!

My Guide Berlin is part of the global My Guide Network of Online & Mobile travel guides.

We are now in 120+ Destinations and Growing. If you are interested in becoming a local travel partner and would like to find out more then click for more info about our Website Business Opportunity.

Nearby Destinations