Berlin Wall, Berlin
Try as you may there is very little to be seen of the 160 km wall that separated the east from the west for 28 years. There are one or two parts of the wall that have been preserved and these can be found near the Hauptbahnof and the Reichstag. The rest has been sold off to tourists (along with plenty of fake material I am sure.
There is a vast open air gallery known as The East Side Gallery. It has been painted in lots of bright colours.
There's amazingly little of it left, and what is left isn't in very noticeable spots. There is a cobblestone line running through the city marking where the wall used to be, but you really need to go see one of the surviving sections. It's really something to touch that wall which has had so much happen around it.
Have a look at the rest of the wall which sepperated East- and West Berlin. The wall its self is not spectacular, but all the history going with it. There is a museum been built near to it, where you can learn about the war and Nazi time.
Berlin Wall History
Although much of the Wall, or the 'Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart' as the GDR Authorities liked to call it, has succumbed - first to enthusiastic revellers and souvenir hunters and then more significantly to developers - a few sections remain. The East Side Gallery emerged in the post-Wall years as a poignant symbol of new hope as it was covered with inspiring artwork. Today its future is in doubt and the faded state of the paintings is symbolic of how far Berlin has come since 1989. The Gedenkstatte Berliner Mauer is a graffiti-free stretch of the Wall that has been preserved by the authorities. Recently opened is a visitors centre at Bernauer Strasse 111, with more information about the Wall years as well as a better view of the Wall. A chapel dedicated to the 80 or so victims of the Wall is also currently under construction on the site.
Muhlenstrasse (East Side Gallery), Bernauer Strasse (Gedenkstatte)
Tel: (030) 22 464 1030 (Gedenkstatte)
Transport: S-Bahn 3, 5, 7, 9 Ostbanhof. U-Bahn 8 Bernauer Strasse (Gedenkstatte)
Open: Gedenkstatte Visitors Centre Wed-Sun 1000-1700.
Again, everyone must visit the famed Berlin Wall. That is, what's left of it; in their haste to tear down the wall, the populace tore down maybe a bit too much of it, so that there are only a few bits standing. These are fences off to discourage any more souvenir-takers from removing the last vestiges of this political symbol. Never fear, though, as you can purchase bits and bobs of the the wall at places where tourists congregate, such as outside the Pergamon Museuem and its environs. Sure, the little chunks are concrete can't be confirmed as really coming from the wall, but who cares, it's the thought that counts, right?
Note that this is the west side of the wall, hence the vast amount of grafitti covering it. This is because on the west side people could get close enought to scribble on it! Contrast it with the east side, below.
1990: POLISH VENDORS OF COLD WAR SOUVENIRS AT THE SITE OF CHECKPOINT CHARLIE... For DM 10 or so, you could 'rent' a hammer and small chisel and literally cut yourself a piece of wall!
THE WALL DURING THE SUMMER OF 1990 -- I literally had one foot in West Berlin and the other in East Berlin when taking this photo! Today only a few sections of the wall remain, and the 1.3 km-long stretch of wall along Muhlenstrasse is referred to as the EAST SIDE GALLERY because of the artwork that covers it.
THE BERLIN WALL: 13 AUGUST 1961 -- 9 NOVEMBER 1989
Checkpoint Charlie & the area of the former Berlin Wall.
This is one plce where people could cross from east to West. The museum nearby tells of some of the very facinating story of overcoming adversity to freedom. It really should make us all appreciate our own freedoms as this happened not so long ago!!
There are a few places where you still can see a small piece of the wall standing. All around town they made a line of cobble stones on the ground where the wall was.
The wall is seen in parts throughout the city. This is a monument to those who died trying to cross it, some shortly before its destruction in 1989.
On the East side of Potsdamer Platz are several sections of the Berlin Wall with interesting explanations and real life stories. It is hard to imagine that this all came down only 25 years ago.
First constructed in 1961, the Berlin Wall became an iconic symbol of the Cold War and is still the first thing most non-Berliners associate with the city.
Extremely amazing, yet eary to see the bricks running across the road where the Berlin wall used to stand.
Slabs of the wall can still be seen in Berlin, luckly serving a different purpose. They're there to remind us we need to learn from our mistakes.
The Cold War was over several years, the Berlin Wall was damaged, but time to time you will see fragments of it.