Destroyed over 30 years ago, the Berlin Wall is still a curiosity for anyone visiting the German capital. And if you are planning a trip to Germany, you must be asking yourself “where to see the berlin wall“, Is not it? Well, this post was made for you.
Explaining the Berlin Wall
When the United States, France, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union defeated Adolf Hitler’s Germany in World War II, these countries agreed to divide the country into two parts.
On the west side were the United States, France, the United Kingdom and on the east side the Soviet Union, which included Berlin. However, despite being on the east side, Berlin was divided between the two blocks, as it is the capital of the country. Thus, the capitalist bloc was on the west side and the socialist bloc on the east side. And that’s when the Cold War started and surely you studied that in school, didn’t you?
In the west there was the Federal Republic of Germany and in the east the German Democratic Republic, which became another Soviet state in the post-war period. As well as many Eastern European countries like neighboring Poland.
Well, when the capitalist side of Germany began to develop rapidly, the socialist side was dealt with with iron and fire. As a result, between 1949 and 1961, more than 2.5 million people fled to the capitalist side in search of a better life. With that, the Soviets decided to build a wall, to separate the two Germanys and prevent the exodus of people from one side to the other.
Thus, overnight, on August 13, 1961, the Berlin Wall was born, which reached 155 km in length and 3.5 meters in height.
Where to see the Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, more than 30 years ago. But you can still see a good part of this ultimate symbol of when the world was literally divided into two parts.
East Side Gallery without a doubt the best place to see the Berlin Wall. Where a stretch of more than a thousand meters of the old wall was preserved and which gathers hundreds of graffiti on each of its sides.
This is where the famous “Communist Kiss” is located. “Mein Gott hilf mir, diese tödliche Liebe zu überleben – My God, help me to survive this mortal love“, it’s the “Test the rest”, with an old Trabant tearing down the wall. Protest art that emerged in the late 80’s and early 90’s and helped document the changes experienced in Germany and especially in the city after the fall of the wall.
Here on the blog there is a complete post showing how to visit and how to get to East Side Gallery.
Checkpoint Charlie is another place where you can see a piece of the old wall, it was the old border post between the two Germanys.
Nearby is the Museum of the Wall, or “Mauermuseum” that tells the whole story of the wall and also nearby is the Topography of Terror, a museum that tells the history of Nazism and the Cold War. On the side of Topography is a huge preserved section of the Berlin Wall, and along this stretch, it still features holes that were made by Berliners to help bring down the wall. It’s a chilling place!
See here how to get to Checkpoint Charlie
O Mauerpark it is another place that preserves a large section of the old wall. It is further north of central Berlin. The park became famous for the antiques market that takes place on weekends and cultural events.
As with the East Side Gallery, the part of the wall that runs through Mauerpark is covered in graffiti.
the observation tower Schlesischer Busch it was a surveillance post beside the Flutgraben Canal and close to the mouth of the canal on the River Spree. The tower served to guard the suburbs of Treptow and Kreuzberg and to shoot down anyone who tried to cross the wall. Next to the tower some meters of the wall are still preserved.
The original section of the wall that crossed the Potsdamer Platz it was demolished in 2008, however some segments were preserved and positioned at the exit of the square’s subway station. In fact, close by is an old watchtower, one of the few remaining in Berlin. For the more curious, it is possible to climb the tower.
Whoever wants to venture a little further, can go to Bösebrücke. A district in the north of berlin where a section of the wall remains preserved, close to the Bösebrücke Bridge.
And even in places where the wall no longer exists, we can easily identify where it passed. Behind the famous Brandenburg Gate is one of those places. A huge strip of bricks marks the Avenue “Straße des 17, showing exactly where the wall used to go. And in several parts of Berlin we can see this mark on the ground.
Elsewhere, such as on WilhelmStraße, where Hitler’s former Third Reich Aviation Ministry building stands, plaques and metal on the floor show the former trajectory of the Berlin Wall.
I usually say that walking through Berlin is walking through history. In few places can we still see traces of the Second World War and the Cold War so clearly. Conflicts that ended a few decades ago, but that still appear so visible to this day.
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As I would arrive in Berlin and also depart from this station, I stayed at the Meininger Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof, next to the station and close to the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. The room was not very big, but it was super comfortable, with a good bathroom and an excellent breakfast.
In the same region, there are other good hotels that I know and recommend. And they are all very well located:
Art Luise Kunsthotel
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Other nice neighborhoods that have cheaper hotels are Prenzauler Berg (see list of hotels here) and Charlottenburg (see hotel list here). Prenzauler Berg has many bars, restaurants and easy access to the metro, as does Charllottenburg.
Both are not far from tourist areas and have cheaper accommodation options.
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