During the Cold War, competition between East and West Berlin was intense and extended into all fields. When East Berlin authorities transformed Karl-Marx-Allee into a monumental, awe-inspiring boulevard in the latest architectural style, the West was quick to respond. The area to the north of the Tiergarten, known as the Hansaviertel, had been razed to the ground during the bombing raids of 1945 and was the perfect place for the West to demonstrate its superiority in the field of architecture and design. It was here that a group of well-known international architects constructed their visions of the "City of the Future" under the auspices of the International Exhibition of Construction and Design in 1957. The result a curious mix of high-rise blocks, rose bushes and cedar trees.
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Hansaplatz