Tierpark Friedrichsfelde is to East Berlin what the Zoological Garden is to West Berlin. Only ten minutes by U-Bahn (U5) from Strausberger Platz, visitors will find themselves surrounded by the gorgeous landscape garden of Europe’s largest animal park, which covers an area of just under 400 acres in total.
Remember Lenin’s flight at the end of Good Bye, Lenin!, the wonderful tragicomedy about the final days of the GDR? Well, Lenin is back. Or at least his head is. After years and years of discussions about politics and lizards, last week his 3.5 tonne head finally came out of the sand. For now it’s going to Spandau, but who knows: maybe one day the former Leninplatz, now Platz der Vereinten Nationen, will finally get its famous statue back.
Good Bye, Lenin: Lenin flying over Strausberger Platz, image courtesy of challenges.fr
Europe is faced with a major humanitarian challenge. Strausberger Platz is right in the thick of it. And local residents are happy to help without fuss or quibble.
image courtesy of kallejipp / photocase.de
In my previous blog, I told you about the many visitors I’ve welcomed at my house since I’ve been living here. 55 years ago, on the 4th of October 1960, Karl-Marx-Allee received a visitor who was possibly even more special. His name was Paul Robeson and he was officially invited by the government of the GDR.
A crowd outside the Deutsche Sporthalle on Karl-Marx-Allee. Image courtesy of Bundesarchiv