Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

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Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Plaza
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The public square (or triangle, going by the shape) isn't much - there area itself is plenty interesting. The HQ of Die Linke (the Left Party) can be found here, and it was the former headquarters of the KPD (the Communist Party Deutschland) in the 20s.

One of the two highlights of the Platz is the beautiful but slightly imposing Volksbühne (People's Stage), which was built in the early 1900s and refurbished to specifications after the war. It was one of the DDR's leading theatres in the East German era, and continues to be cutting edge today.

The other highlight is the Kino Babylon (cinema), which was built in the 1920s as a glittering film house (until the Nazis clamped down on entertainment). During the Cold War the cinema was one of the main cinemas of the DDR, hosting many DEFA premieres in the 50s and 60s. The cinema went a bit downhill as the East German government struggled, and it was closed after the fall of the wall. Thankfully, a fundraising effort succeeded in its refurbishment and reopening at the turn of the millennium. It still stands as an indie cinema today, and often takes part in film festivals held in Berlin.

There are some cafes in the area too, and a walk up Rosa-Luxenburg-Straße will take you directly to Alexanderplatz.

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