Berlin has two main city centers:

Around the TV tower at Alexanderplatz, the GDR has created a spacious and large-scale public space that was supposed to radiate international modernity.

In the West, the commercial center of the walled city asserted oneself at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church with the Europa Center next to Zoo Station.


50 years after construction, buildings on both sides call for modernization. In the East as well as in the West new skyscrapers are being built. Nevertheless there are great differences: While Alexanderplatz presents itself with new apartment buildings and a shopping center, in the west a new concept mall and entertainment mile is the result of the revitalization of the Bikini-building and Zoopalast cinema.

Buildings visited in the course of the tour – including interior visits:


Mitte Ost

House of the teacher and Convention Centre (BCC, Hermann Hensemann), Alexanderplatz and TV Tower, House of Travel, House of the Press, Rathauspassagen Residential housing (Heinz Graffunder), Red Town Hall, Castle construction site, Staatsratsgebäude



Bikini Berlin and Zoopalast (SAQ, Hild and K, mask and Suhren), Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Egon Eiermann), Ludwig-Erhard-Haus (Nicolas Grimshaw), Upper West (Langhof architects), Waldorf Astoria Hotel (Christoph Mackler) and Neues Kranzler Eck (Helmut Jahn)


duration approx. 2,5 hours each or 6 hours for both