"Unter den Linden - Palast der Republik" Unter den Linden Tip by sabsi

Unter den Linden, Berlin: 120 reviews and 169 photos

  Palast der Republik ruins
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      A lounge in Palast der Republik
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The ex GDR parliament building was built on the grounds of the former castle of Berlin. The people called it "Erich's Lampenladen" which means "lamp shop of Erich Honecker" because of all its ugly lamps and lights. Now it is falling apart, dead ugly and full of asbestos!

The ruins are still there but I bet they won't be for a long time. There's plans to rebuild the old castle (which has been destryoed in the 1950s) here some day.

I wish they would preserve the Palast though. It belongs to much as much as the TV tower at Alexanderplatz or the ugly Europa Center does. The renovations of East Berlin already took a lot of charme of the east away. Plus the building would be perfect for bars, concerts, exhibitions. (see my additional pictures to see how great a lounge currently looks in there). Why do we need a castle, anyway. We don't have an emperor anymore. Who should reside there? Franz Beckenbauer?

Address: Unter den Linden, Berlin-Mitte
Directions: S-Bahn: Unter den Linden, Bus 100

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  • Updated Sep 30, 2005
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