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    Berlin Wall trace

    by der_geograf Written Dec 28, 2003

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    Trace of the former Berlin Wall

    Although the Wall came down in 1989, you can still see the trace of the former boundary along its former route.

    The trace is characterized by either different-colored concrete, or a dual line of bricks placed in the ground, with plaques that read "Berliner Mauer 1961-1989" placed periodically along it.

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  • Berlin Wall trail

    by brexx Written Mar 10, 2010

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    Hi,
    Last year I decided to take a long walk from Bornholmer brucke in the north of berlin to
    treptower park in the South. A nice stroll of about 20km....
    I can really recommend it. Just follow trail signs, quite an interesting story Berlin tells about.
    And if you need solid part of berlin wall check out berlinwallbookend.com, thats genuine stuff.
    regards
    Peter B.

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    BERLINER MAUER- THE WALL THAT DIVIDED A NATION

    by kmohandas Updated Dec 19, 2007

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    The Berlin Wall, which divided Germany into two nations (FDR & DDR) was built in 1961 during the peak of coldwar. Check Point Charlie was the main entry/exit point. There were Alpha and Beta check points also. Many people lost their lives while trying to cross over the wall during cold war era. The wall was demolished in 1989. The demolition of the wall later led to unification of Germany.
    Today only a small portion of the wall is prserved as a monument.

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    Art Gallery outdoors

    by seasonedveteran Written Apr 12, 2008

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    The perfect place to express the possible solution to the palestinion and israeli conflict, on the berlin wall is a great painting i liked, as well as countless others starting to fade from the weather. they should really protect them, because they are great expression of frustration, hate, and xenophobia that represents the old east-west divide.

    Go to Ostbahnhof, and as the workers at the train stop "Berlin wall??" They dont know english! maybe because theyre in the east part, but in german is Berliner Mauer" Walk outside the train station and you can see it! It stretches for like 5 km, and is the real thing folks. It is heavy re-enforced concrete. Peer past the wall into the east part; its desolute, hopeless destitution, and is a shock for me. Things like that are worth a photo, but at the time i was in tourist mode, where i seek to photograph things of beauty and great boldness.

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    Few Remaining Stretches of the Wall

    by zuyao Written Mar 16, 2012

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    The Berlin Wall memorial at Bernauerstr
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    Go down to Bernauerstr and see one of the few remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall. You'll find also memorials to those who lost their lives trying to cross the wall.

    Across the road is an S-Bahn station (Nordbahnhof) which also has an interesting exhibit of the "Ghost Stations". These are stations on the lines run by West Berlin but lie under the East Berlin territory. The East Germans sealed off these stations creating what is known as "Ghost Stations".

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    El Muro - Die Mauer - The Wall (1961-1989)

    by elpariente Written Mar 4, 2010

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    Del muro sólo puedo decir que es una de las verguenzas de nuestra historia reciente , aunque quedan aún otros muchosen el mundo , se abrió en 1989 (ayer)
    No es fácil de comprender nuestra historia
    Prácticamente los 155kms de muro han desaparecido y sólo pueden verse unos pocos restos que dan una idea de lo triste y trágica que debió de ser la vida con él
    Se Puede ver en :
    - Está todo el perímetro del muro marcado con una línea de adoquines
    - Cerca del Charlie Check Point
    - 1300 metros de muro forman la East Side Gallery , la mayor galería al aire libre , donde importantes artistas han dejado su mensaje y su pintura
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    Video : El Muro - Die Mauer - The wall

    We can only say that the Wall is one of the shames of our recent history, although many other Walls remain on the world, it was opened in 1989 (yesterday)
    It is not easy to understand our history
    Most of the 155 kms of wall have disappeared and can only be seen a few remnants that give you an idea of how sad and tragic it shoul be the living with the wall
    It can be seen at:
    -The entire perimeter of the wall is marked with a line of cobblestones
    - Near the Check Point Charlie
    - 1300 meter of the wall form the East-Side Gallery, the largest open-air gallery, where major artists have left their message and their painting
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    Video : El Muro - Die Mauer - The wall

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    Berlin Wall, what's left of it

    by badgirljessica Written Jan 19, 2005

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    One of the few pieces of the Wall left standing

    November 9, 1989 marked the fall of the border seperating West and East Germany and the end of the Cold War. While most of the wall is gone, pieces are still left standing around the city for their historic value and as reminders of the past. Also, on the ground where the wall once was, the groundstones are still inlaid in the streets, allowing you to see all where the line ran and divided the city.

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    Checkpoint Bravo Museum

    by alancollins Written Feb 3, 2013

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    As Checkpoint Bravo was a border crossing point and this was the time of the cold war with tension on both sides, the East Germans also had to have a similar crossing point which was heavily guarded. Unfortunately most of what was there was demolished on 1993 and has been changed into a business park. But there is a command post which has been turned into a museum with information about the inner border. The museum has limited opening hours between 1100 - 1600 hours on Sundays between May to October. When the museum is closed the area outside is accessible and there are a number of metal information posts in German.

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    Berlin Wall

    by nicolaitan Updated Feb 24, 2008

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    The everlasting symbol of the division between East and West Germany was the Berlin Wall, erected to halt the outflow of skilled labor from the GDR to the better economic and living conditions of the west. The GDR claim was to protect against Fascist incursions. For 28 years, it would remain intact, increasingly fortified to prevent escapes ( the official count of escape deaths is 125, probably much higher). The policy was simple - shoot to kill. In 24 hours beginning on a Sunday morning, Aug 13, 1961, streets were torn up and then barricaded, subway stops closed, and military forces amassed sealing off East Berlin completely from the west. The initial wall was barbed wire, later supplemented by ann inner cement wall creating an interval space known as the death strip. Eventually the wall would be composed of 10 foot tall cement blocks topped with smooth pipes (image 4) reinforced with bunkers and 300 watchtowers.
    Student protests and the opening of the Austrian Hungarian border in 1989 led to huge demonstrations in East Germany. In November 1989, the East German government announced permission for limited "private trips abroad". Celebrations throughout Berlin culminated in the physical dismantling of the wall by private citizens, an early step in the reunification of Germany completed on Oct 3 1990.
    Little remains of the wall - one easily accessed long segment remains at the site of the former Gestapo headquarters and Topography of Terror. Much of the course is marked by a double row of bricks cutting across selected streets. We sought one out on Zimmerstrasse between the Topography site and Checkpoint Charlie. Straddling the former border between the two sections of the city induces a strange and difficult to describe sensation. The bricks attract little attention from passerbys. Amidst the crowds, one has a piece of world history to himself.

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    The Berlin Wall

    by smirnofforiginal Updated Aug 22, 2007

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    Many, many young, well-educated (and emplyed) East German's saught a better fortune in the West which put an incredible strain on the GDR. With the consent of the Soviet's the GDR built a wall to keep the people in and to bring an abrupt hault to the mass exodus (2.6 million people had fed since 1949). The wall, The Berlin Wall - or "Anti-Fascist Protection Barrier", was erected on the night of 12 August 1961. On the one side you could go up to and even paint the wall but on the other a no-man's land / death row of barbed wire, mines, attack dogs and border guards lie in wait.

    5000 desperate people tried to cross the border but only 1600 made it. One of the most famous failed crossings is that of Peter Fechtner who was shot in his attempts and watched by the East German guards as he slowly bled to death.

    The wall was finally ripped down in 1989 only months after the last few people had been killed trying to cross it.

    A fair bit of wall still exists, the longest stretch being the East Side Gallery.

    As you wander around Berlin you will be able to see a continuous run of double cobblestones in the ground. These mark where The Berlin Wall had stood.


    The Berlin Wall has to be the most poignant symbol of the Cold War and bits of it can be found all over Berlin... and well as purchased!

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    The wall

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    The Cold War started in late 1445, and continued to fester until it really got cold. During our Korean War effort to fight Communism, Russia was prodding Chinese to assist. It worked, and we, as Americans learned one of the first lessons, stay out of it. That only led to more coolness. In 1961, as a promise to a threat, a part of the wall was put up one night around Russia section of Berlin. How in the world it did not happen until then, I am dumbfounded. In a few weeks it surrounded what was then called East Berlin. It ended up being about 30 miles around east/versus west sectors. it was orn down in 1989. Only a small part-maybe 5-6 blocks remain, but markings on the road show other parts that had the wall dividing.

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    Wall Art

    by fishandchips Updated Mar 5, 2006

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    Wall Art

    Berliners aren't likely to forget the Berlin Wall any time soon, but just in case, their government has reconstructed a partial stretch of the wall at Bernauer Strasse and Ackerstrasse (U-Bahn: Bernauer Strasse), at a cost of 1.43 million euros. The 70m-long memorial consists of two walls that include some of the fragments of the original wall (those fragments not bulldozed away or carried off by souvenir hunters). The memorial is mostly made of mirrorlike stainless steel. Slits allow visitors to peer through. A steel plaque reads "In memory of the division of the city from 13 August 1961 to 9 November 1989." The section of wall I am in front of has a very interesting picture of a policeman in a bit of trouble.

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    Berlin Wall trace 2

    by der_geograf Written Dec 28, 2003

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    Berlin Wall trace, Friedrichstrasse, Berlin

    Although the Wall came down in 1989, you can still see the trace of the former boundary along its former route.

    The trace is characterized by either different-colored concrete, or a dual line of bricks placed in the ground, with plaques that read "Berliner Mauer 1961-1989" placed periodically along it.

    The photo is of Friedrichstrasse, and you can see the trace at the bottom left (the dual line of bricks in the street).

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    "live" signs of recent history

    by Emile72 Written Apr 27, 2009

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    The wall separated East Germany from West Germany for more than a quarter-century, from the day construction began on 13 August 1961 until the Wall was opened on 9 November 1989. During this period, at least 98 people were confirmed killed trying to cross the Wall into West Berlin.
    Today you can still find same traces of the building.
    Little is left of the Wall at its original site, which was destroyed almost everywhere. Three long sections are still standing: an 80-meter (263 ft) piece of the "first (westernmost) wall" at the site of the former Gestapo headquarter half way between Checkpoint Charlie and Potsdamer Platz; a longer section of the "second (easternmost) wall" along the Spree River near the Oberbaumbrücke nicknamed East Side Gallery; and a third section with hints of the full installation, but partly reconstructed, in the north at Bernauer Straße, which was turned into a memorial in 1999.
    The following link will show you where in Berlin you can find remains of the wall: http://www.visitberlin.de/bilder/kultur_neu/teaser/plan_mauer_gross.jpg

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    Berlin Wall

    by Maggies Written Apr 21, 2008

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    Berlin Wall at Potsdamer Platz
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    Potsdamer Platz is one of the places where you can see and touch the historic Berlin Wall that used to divide not only West Berlin from East Germany but also West and East in general. During almost three decades it was an icon of the Iron Curtain. It was constructed in 1961 and dismantled in 1989.

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