“Revolutions are the locomotive of history”, said once and rightly so one of the most influential figures of the human history. Karl Marx, the German thinker who fought for the workers’ rights, moved crowds. Love him or hate him, Marx ideas uniquely and profoundly affect our modern society. Two of his writings belong to the most influential books of all times. And even though the best known bearded man in the West would’ve just turned 200 years old in the past 5th of May, his theories remain triumphantly contemporary. In honor to the two centuries anniversary of this distinct German man the Amstel House made a commemorative list: Karl Marx sights to visit in Berlin.
Twice the size of the real thinkers, this historic monument in Berlin-Mitte honors the greatness of the fathers of Marxism. Since the Wall Fall, demolitions and constructions moved the memorial around. Located now close the Berlin City Hall, its final destiny is still under discussion. Better visit now.
Where: Karl-Liebknecht-Str., 10178 Berlin
Leninsaal at the Alte Bibliothek
The Russian revolutionary Lenin lived in Berlin during the summer of 1895. He spent most of his time reading Marx and Engels at the magnificent Alte Bibliothek. The building, destroyed during bomb attacks at the end of the WWII, was restored in 1968 by the East German Government. It gained then a tribute to the time Lenin spent learning in there. On the hands of artist Frank Glaser a glass mosaic window was created, illustrating Lenin with Marx and Engels on the back.
Where: Bebelpl. 1, 10117 Berlin
Located in Berlin-Stralau this memorial designed in stone in 1964 marks the place where the young Marx lived from April until the late summer of 1837, when he was a student at the University of Berlin.
Where: Alt-Stralau 17B, 10245 Berlin
Originally named Stalinalle during GDR years this alluring and monumental socialist boulevard is located at the heart of Friedrichshain. Its unique architecture, which at the same time intimidates and invites by-passers to participate in the urban space, is definitely worth the walk.