The Alexanderplatz is a famous city square in Berlin, known by the locals as ‘Alex’. It’s named after the liberal Russian tsar Alexander I. Until the Berlin Wall came down, it was located in East Berlin. The DDR government built the important government buildings and prestige projects on this square, such as the Interhotel Stadt Berlin. Since the late 1980s there have been plans to renovate the square, but not much has been done to it.

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