East Berlin is a place that doesn’t exist anymore and, maybe, this is why we want to see it in every possible way. This is why we are posting this video we found that shows how East Berlin used to look like back in 1980.
The fact that we never walked through the streets of East Berlin makes this video even more nostalgic. It is a city that doesn’t exist anymore. Capital of a country that used to exist a few blocks away from where we are here in Neukölln. We have the same feeling towards the Berlin Wall, how West Berlin used to be and how Berlin used to look like after the reunification.
Unser Berlin – Hauptstadt der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik – DDR Propaganda Film über Ost-Berlin mit der Karl-Marx-Allee, Alexanderplatz und Umgebung, Aussichten vom Fernsehturm auf Ost-Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburger Tor, die Grenzanlage in Ost Berlin, Palast der Republik, und weitere Eindrücke der Stadt. Ein kurzweiliges und einzigartiges Zeitdokument mit eindruckvollen Aufnahmen, die teilweise in Vergessenheit geraten sind.
East Berlin, a City that doesn’t existe anymore.
But this is a propaganda video from East Berlin that shows exactly what the government wants to show. Still, it is pretty weird to see how the streets we walk around everyday used to be 30 years ago. The places are the same but they look so different.
If you ignore the way the video is narrated with all the glorifications and exaggerations, this video becomes a great historical document about a city that lives in the memories of those that used to live there.
Below you can see some still we capture from a few of our favorite moments in this video that shows how East Berlin used to be in 1980. From the Palast der Republik to Sowjetisches Ehrenmal, from Märkisches Museum to 1. Mai Feie.
If you love to see how Berlin used to look like, you need to check out our Vintage Berlin articles. We know you are going to love it.