10:15 - 20:15
On Saturday, 18th June, the Berlin LINKE Internationals and Berlin DSA invite you on a visit to Eisenhüttestadt.
Cost: FREE! All you need is a €9 monthly train ticket.
Eisenhüttenstadt – formerly known as Stalinstadt – was the first planned city to be built in the GDR. Up to this day it is one of the most complete examples of Stalinist urban planning and architecture in the world. Walking around “Hütte”, as it is known to locals, is to step into a built utopia of 1950s communism.
Join us for a guided tour to find out how ideology turned into concrete, how the communists imagined the good life, and what became of it. We will also visit Eisenhüttenstadt’s Museum Utopie und Alltag to get a feeling for daily life in the GDR.
The train leaves Berlin Hauptbahnhof at 10.24. Join us at 10.15 on Platform 11 (train to Frankfurt (Oder)).
If you’d like to read up before your journey, we recommend the following:
Articles in German:
DDR-Architekt(o)ur: Spaziergang durch die sozialistische Planstadt Eisenhüttenstadt https://hierdadort.de/ddr-architektour-spaziergang-durch-die-sozialistische-planstadt-eisenhuettenstadt
Tipps für eine Fotowanderung durch Eisenhüttenstadt https://synke-unterwegs.de/fotowanderung-eisenhuettenstadt/
Book in English (especially the introduction and last chapter):
Landscapes of Communism, Owen Hatherley https://www.dropbox.com/s/0jw2bjvks0io6ei/Owen%20Hatherley%20-%20Landscapes%20of%20Communism-A%20History%20Through%20Buildings-The%20New%20Press%20%282015%29.pdf
Hope to see you on Saturday