Nowadays you will probably not be able to distinguish between the 2 halves. Guests always ask us if we are located in the East. Well, we surely are. Look at our name. EastSeven.
But it is a good question indeed. Most obvious signs disappeared and are not easy to read by people who haven’t lived in the GDR themselves.
I have collected some of the spots you shouldn’t miss out if you want to get an eastern point of view.
1) Abandoned embassies
We have 2 of everything in Berlin. 2 zoos, 2 football clubs. Makes sense for a once divided city. All countries had embassies in the west and the east. Most left their eastern ones after reunification. And by left I mean vanished, disappeared. Still today, 25 years after the wall came down you can enter vacant buildings formerly used by ambassadors and find some official papers. Go to northern Pankow (Tschaikowskistrasse) and see for yourself. Old empty socialist concrete beauties.
You want some Lenin but can’t be bothered travelling to mother Russia? No worries, we have some stunning Monument ourselves. The purpose of socialist monuments was to prove that communism was superior over capitalism. You don’t believe me? Go to Ernst Thälman Park and have a vodka on the base of this bronze sculpture. Such a pity they don’t build these anymore.
3) Karl Marx Allee
Alright. So you have all these shiny tanks and missiles you want to show off with. You need to it with style because your fellow dictators have some awesome taks themselves. Why don’t build yourself a nice little road for all the parades? Something to stress your love for Russia.
This street once called Stalinallee is a perfect replica of Russian architecture. It is gigantic like a spaceship, somewhere between picturesque and awe.
4) Water from wall
Don’t laugh; living in a concrete block was the dream. The alternative was living with your parent or in an old prewar house with coal heating and outside loo. You had to wait for years before getting keys to an own concrete prefab apartment. Take the M6 tram from Alexanderplatz to the eastern suburbs. Experience the dream yourself.
5) No such agency
Not really. Everybody knew of the Stasi, the infamous secret service. And on the other side, haha, they knew everything about you, too. Check out the Stasi museum at Ruschestrasse 103 in Lichtenberg to get an insightful feeling for this organisation