"Wandering The City #17 - The City Centre?" Alexanderplatz Tip by johngayton

Alexanderplatz, Berlin: 89 reviews and 166 photos

  Alex S-Bahn Station
by johngayton
 
 

Even though Alexanderplatz (known locally simply as Alex) isn't in the physical centre of the city it feels as though it should be the de facto City Centre. This is where tourist Berlin and the day-to-day Berliner's Berlin inhabit the same space. The shoppers shop, the commuters commute, the drunks drink, the punks pose and intermingled with it all are us tourists taking our pics.

The TV Tower and the Park Inn Hotel are landmarks visible from miles away and several of the other buildings have distinctive presences but to my mind it is the hulking pragmatic S-bahn station which defines the square and its surrounding area. This, along with its less visible U-bahn station, is the hub of the city's public transport system through which much of the city's urban rapid transit passes heading to and from all quarters.

As well as the S and U-bahn lines the station also serves several regional train services and immediately adjacent are the interchange stops for city-wide tram lines and buses.

Thus over the course of time everybody and their dog eventually passes through here, some merely in transit, others to hang awhile on the square itself or in the shops, bars and restaurants.

Address: Alexanderplatz, Berlin-Mitte
Directions: U-Bahn: Alexanderplatz
Website: http://www.berlin.de/orte/sehenswuerdigkeiten/alexanderplatz/index.en.php

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 7, 2011
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