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Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer | Berlin Wall Memorial
The city’s official memorial to the Berlin Wall is along Bernauer Strasse, where the wall once divided the Eastern districts of Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte from the West Berlin district of Wedding. The half-mile stretch functions as a kind of open-air museum, peppered with large-scale photos showing how the wall once looked at relevant intersections, a reconstruction of the so-called Death Strip that ran between the wall’s two main barriers, and maps showing the routes of escape tunnels. A touching shrine honors the 139 lives terminated by the wall’s existence (during escape attempts, for example), and a documentation center has a platform with views over the whole memorial and an exhibition about the wall's development and downfall. An associated bookshop is farther along the street.
By Paul Sullivan, AFAR Local Expert
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Berlin Wall Memorial
First erected in 1961, the Berlin Wall consisted of layers of barbed wire, concrete barriers and guard posts to keep the citizens of East Germany from fleeing to the west. It served as a backdrop for some of the most famous moments in the city’s history, including President Kennedy’s famous speech with the stirring line, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” It was also the setting of smaller moments of heroism by those who braved the dangers and attempted to escape East Berlin. The Berlin Wall Memorial is a 1.4-kilometer stretch of the wall that remains standing and brings this history to life. The East Side Gallery is a separate 1.3-kilometer section that was moved to a location along the River Spree to preserve some of the street art painted on the wall when it was still standing.
By John Newton, AFAR Ambassador
Some remains from the Berlin Wall which are scattered throughout the city.
By AFAR Traveler
Berlin Wall Memorial
A fantastic view of parallel lives. Almost overnight, friends were separated and a city divided. The Memorial is a fascinating look at Western vs. Communist views, the failures and tragedies that ensued. Brilliant!
By Michael W
Bernauer Str. 111, 13355 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 467986666
Sun - Sat 8am - 10pm