|Hanging out on Alex|
I don't know if I preferred it more when there were second-hand clothes and bookstalls under the railway arches rather than fast-food outlets, or whether I quite like all the high-rise modern architecture sprouting up around the otherwise drab plaza bringing fresh blood into the heart of the city. Either way, I feel Alex captures the essence of Berlin, and when I go there I still feel the rush of realisation when I first visited: 'wow! We are on Alexanderplatz!'.
Here are some photos that I hope will express the variety of impressions around this unique spot.
|The bubble man.|
|Galeria Kaufhaus and the New Inn hotel|
|The World Clock (Weltzeituhr), always a place for meeting-up and for impromptu demonstrations (this one is about the Russian intervention in the Ukraine)|
|The Fernsehturm towers over the distinctively retro Alexanderplatz Bahnhof, with a ubiquitous Grillrunner selling sausages from a mobile barbeque.|
|There is always street entertainment on Alex|
|The DDR-era Fountain of Friendship between Peoples (Brunnen der Völkerfreundschaft)|
|The famous Flaggenhaus am Alex. Yes, it is a store that just sells flags of the world, and seems to have been there forever. How much longer this store and Plattenbau apartment block will remain is in doubt.|
|The former Haus des Berliner Verlages. The Eascados restaurant used to be in DDR times the prestigous Presse Café and used to sport a social realism mural, now gone.|
|The Haus des Lehrers, which thankfully still retains its social realism mural.|
|Alexanderplatz is the home to seasonal markets which always present strange juxtapositions of architecture. This windmill is for an Osterfest (Easter Festival)|
|More colourful buskers liven up the Alexanderplatz experience.|