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Berlin Alexanderplatz

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  • ePrix Circuit

    1.261 miles / 2.030 km

Circuit Info

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Circuit type: Temporary street course

Website: http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/calendar/2016-berlin.aspx

Circuit History

Berlin's Formula E street circuit switched in 2016 to a new venue in the Mitte district, with the famous Alexanderplatz and Fernsehturm providing notable backdrops.

Hastily arranged after Tempelhof Airport (used successfully in 2015) was turned into a refugee camp as part of the German capital's response to the European migration crisis. The new central location sees a 2.030km circuit laid out around Strausberger Platz and towards Alexanderplatz with the pitlane on Karl-Marx-Allee.

The 11-turn circuit is still to receive homologation from the FIA and final permissions need to be signed off by the German authorities in the coming weeks, ahead of the May 21 race.

The circuit promises to be a reasonably fast affair, with the wide boulevards of Karl-Marx-Allee giving way to the narrower tree-lined confines of Lichterberger Straẞe. The track also winds around the famous Brunnen der Völkerfreundschaft (People's Friendship Fountain) in Strausberger Platz.

Getting There

The Berlin ePrix Circuit is located near to Alexanderplatz in the Mitte district of central Berlin. The closest and main airport is Tegel (TXL) located just three miles (5km) from the city and well connected via the underground system. Alternatively, there's Schönefeld Airport (SXF), situated in the south-east around 11 miles (18km) from the Ost district. Both offer easy access to the city via public transport.

Getting to the circuit is probably easiest by public transport as Berlin benefits from one of the best networks in Europe (www.bvg.de), consisting of buses, trams, U-Bahn (underground) and S-Bahn (elevated) trains. A standard ticket (BVG Einzelfahrschein) costs around €2.70 and is valid for two hours in all directions and on all forms of public transport. A 24-hour ticket costs around €6.90, or for those staying for longer you can purchase a Berlin Welcome Card (€26,70), which entitles holders to 72-hours use on public transport.

Getting to the e-Prix by public transport should be straightforward - head for Alexanderplatz station, which is one of the busiest hubs in the city.  Four Regional-Express and Regionalbahn lines as well as the S-Bahn rapid transit lines S5, S7 and S75 call at the overground station. The adjacent underground station is one of the largest on the Berlin U-Bahn network, with the lines U2, U5 and U8 calling. The station is also served by four tram lines, two of which run continuously, as well as five bus lines during the day, one of which runs continuously and three night bus lines. Alexanderplatz is also connected through the two tunnel links, from U2 to U5 and U5 to U8.

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