In the second half of the 19th century Alexanderplatz was revamped into a modern transit interchange. It is one of Berlin’s most central squares located in the Mitte borough. There’s plenty of shops and attractions in this bustling transit hub, with Berlin’s largest underground railway hubs, subway lines and many tram and bus lines.

You will see restored historic structures used for various purposes all with their unique past stories to tell.


Alexanderplatz started out as a cattle market outside of the city walls.   Russian Emperor Alexander 1st, visited Berlin in 1805.  Honouring his visit, Frederick William III, King of Prussia, ordered that the district be named after him. Today many locals refer to simply as 'Alex'.

Still under the German Democratic Republic in East Berin, In 1960 this popular square was expanded and turned into a pedestrian zone.


November 4th, 1989 just before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, approximately a million protesters congregated in the square to peacefully oppose the GDR regime.  This was one of the largest demonstrations in East German history.

A few of the restored and aesthetically updated buildings on the east side are: The Hotel Park INN; formerly :The Hotel Stadt Berlin) This is the tallest hotel in Berlin with 37 storeys high and 1012 guest rooms, restaurants and a bar with breathtaking views that overlook the city,  Rotes Rathaus(Red City Hall located in the Mitte district close to Alexanderplatz is a historic landmark, built between 1861-1869. It is home to the governing mayor and the Senate of Berlin. This beautiful red brick building fills an entire city block.  Many rooms are definitely worth viewing), Haus des Lehrers :Teachers’ House) This building was built under the German Democratic Republic and noted for a mural named Unser Leben (Our Life)that wraps the building between the second and fifth floors displaying numerous aspects of life and work in the GDR,  the largest department store in the German Democratic Republic : (the Kaufhof,features a colourful 23 metre high fountain in front of the store named the Brunnen der Volker Freundschaft : fountain of friendship between the nations and the famous World Time Clock that shows the time around the world), The 18 storey high  Haus des Reisens :House of Travel) with wave-like mouldings made for concrete like the edges of a scallop shell, and the publishing house building.

Other sights and attractions at Alexanderplatz are: The Fernsehturm (TV Tower) the highest structure in Germany topped with a globe where you can take in panoramic views from its rotating observation deck and restaurant, the CUBIX and Berlinale cinemas,  and close to the square shoppers will love the huge five storey shopping mall Alexa.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Category: Public Plazas

Address: Alexanderplatz 1
10178 Berlin


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5 Star Rating I literally loved this area! This area reminded me of union square except on steroids. This place is about 5 times bigger than the union square in New York... Read More

Belle L. May-30-2018

3 Star Rating This large public plaza was once the center of East Berlin. Striking features include the Fernsehturm, a once-futuristic TV tower that was built by the DDR... Read More

Vincent L. Nov-23-2019

3 Star Rating This is another huge pedestrian place, which used to be the main market place before industrialisation and all that. I'm not sure what it was during the... Read More

David S. Jun-22-2019

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Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn or MetroTram Line(s): S5, S7, S75, U2, U5, U8, M2, M4 ,M5, M6
Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn or MetroTram Station(s): Alexanderplatz

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