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Alexanderplatz is a central Berlin square based in the district of Mitte, boxed in by department stores, the new Alexa shopping complex, high-rise hotels and buses, trams and trains running all over the city. Formerly seen as the centre of East Berlin, the soviets built their famous TV tower in Alexanderplatz in 1965-69, which stands a lofty 368m above the streets below. A popular destination for tourists who want to shop, eat Bratwurst and get a feel for inner city Berlin. Alexanderplatz also offers a great orientation point from which to explore the city.