5 places where you can still see the Berlin Wall

1) The GDR Watchtower

The Berlin Wall, built around West Berlin, was a reality people had to live with from 1961 to 1989. There were lots of guard towers too, and the guards had orders to shoot to kill everybody who wanted to escape. This tower is the last of the round ‘mushroom’-type towers to remain standing and therefore a sad reminder of the past.

Berlin - GDR Watchtower / Der DDR-Grenzwachturm

Erna-Berger-Strasse, Mitte

http://www.berlinwall expo.de

2) Berlin Wall Memorial

If you want to understand how and why the Wall was built, this memorial and museum is an absolute must. It consists of the Visitor/ Documentation Centre and the Open-Air Exhibition and Memorial Grounds. There’s also an exhibition called Border Stations and Ghost Stations in Divided Berlin in the Nordbahnhof S-Bahn station. Interesting guided tours.

Berlin Wall Memorial

3) Topography of Terror

The Topography, which used to be the SS police station, is now a documentation centre about all the horrible acts that were committed in the Third Reich. The remaining 200 metres of the Wall at the Niederkirchnerstraße – which marked the border between East and West – have been preserved and now are part of the Topography of Terror Documentation Center. An absolute must!

Niederkirchnerstrasse 8, Kreuzberg

+49 (0)30 2545 0950

http://www.topographie.de

4) The Wall

Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall crossing place that symbolises the Cold War, has degenerated into a seedy tourist trap. The 360° Asisi Panorama is a better option: you’ll relive everyday life in the vicinity of the Berlin Wall on a fictitious autumn day in the 1980s. Don’t miss the fine pictures of the fall of the Wall in the foyer.

Berlin - Asisi Panorama

Asisi Panorama Berlin - Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstrasse 205, Kreuzberg

+49 (0)341 3555 340

https://www.die-mauer.de

5) Liesenstrasse

Don’t expect to find any tourists here. To be honest there’s not much to see: no hipster shops, no museums, no bars, no memorials. But there is a piece of the Wall here, and it’s intact and genuine – what they call a ‘wild Wall’.

Berlin - Liesenstrasse

Liesenstrasse, Mitte

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