Handpicked by a Berlin Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Top Berlin Wall Sites'.

One of the most iconic symbols of the Cold War, the Berlin Wall divided the city of Berlin for nearly three decades. Today, remnants of the wall can still be found throughout the city, serving as powerful reminders of Germany's tumultuous past. Here are some of the top Berlin Wall sites to visit:

1. East Side Gallery: This open-air gallery features over a hundred paintings by artists from all over the world, making it the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. It is a must-see for art enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

2. Checkpoint Charlie: Once a key crossing point between East and West Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie is now a popular tourist attraction. Visitors can learn about the history of the wall and the daring escapes that took place here.

3. Berlin Wall Memorial: Located at Bernauer Strasse, this memorial site offers a somber look at the realities of life in divided Berlin. Visitors can see preserved sections of the wall, watchtowers, and exhibits detailing the harrowing stories of those who tried to escape.

4. Topography of Terror: This museum is located on the former site of the Gestapo headquarters and provides a comprehensive look at the atrocities committed during the Nazi regime. The outdoor exhibit also includes a preserved section of the Berlin Wall.

5. Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer: This memorial site in the Kreuzberg district offers a peaceful place for reflection on the division of Berlin. The site includes a preserved section of the wall, along with information about the history of the wall and its impact on the city.

Visiting these Berlin Wall sites is a powerful way to connect with the history of the city and pay tribute to those who lived through the turbulent times of the Cold War. Each site offers a unique perspective on the impact of the wall, making them essential stops for anyone interested in Berlin's past.

Berlin Wall Memorial - Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer

The Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, known in english as the Berlin Wall Memorial, is the main memorial site of the Berlin Wall.  It comprises a fantastic open air exhibition and memorial space at the original historic site along Bernauer Straße and also includes an information centre and a documentation centre. The U-Bahn station, Nordbahnhof, has a small but informative exhibition on Berli...

Tränenpalast - The Palace of Tears

The building with one of the most emotive names in Berlin, 'The Tränenpalast', or, 'The Palace of Tears', was built after the Berlin Wall was erected and was the main border crossing for West Berliners and West Germans entering and leaving East Berlin.  The building received its name for the heart wrenching farewells as families said goodbye to their loved ones as they returned to West Berli...

The Wall - Asisi Panorama Berlin

This Panorama, created by architect and artist Yadegar Asisi combines photographs, drawings and paintings together to create an immersive experience of the Berlin Wall depicting a typical Autumn day in the 1980's.  Asisi actually lived in Kreuzberg during the 80s and draws on his experiences and recollections to create a really unique and impressive experience. The panorama is breathtaking...

Topography of Terror

In 2010, the former site of the secret police headquarters, as well as the offices of the SS leadership were transformed into a exhibition and documentation centre.  The permanent exhibition, Topography of Terror, details the roles of the secret police, commonly known as the Gestapo, as well as the SS and presents the information on the crimes commited by both organisations across Europe. Th...

East Side Gallery

Running the length of Mühlenstraße on the bank of the River Spree in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is Berlin's iconic East Side Gallery. At 1.3km it is the longest piece of The Berlin Wall that is still standing and this memorial for freedom is officially the largest open-air gallery in the world with paintings from 102 different international artists. We recommend walking the length of the wall fro...

Berlin Wall Watchtower

Located not far from busy Potsdamer Platz, the Guard Tower on Erna-Berger-Straße is somewhat of a hidden gem.  Where, 25 years ago, the tower was surrounded by empty space, now it sits next to a newly built block of flats.  This tower used to be manned by 2 guards armed with machine guns as well as flood lights.  Now it is manned by friendly volunteers who love to share the story o...

Stasi Museum

The Stasi Museum isn't something you can reach by foot from your hotel - it's a few stops out of the Mitte centre on the U5, in the Eastern suburb of Friedrichshain-Lichtenberg. It is however definitely worth the short train trip. As you approach the building, it might feel a little sinister. Inside, the exhibition shows some of the questionable surveillance methods and tracki...

Mauerweg - The Berlin Wall Trail

The best way to get a sense of the Berlin Wall and the way it wound its way through the middle of the city is by bike.  There are a number of bicycle tours who will take you on the trip and provide you with insights into the history, as well as some interesting stories from the time.  Alternatively, you could hire a bike from one of the many Bike Hire vendors around the city and head aro...

Mauerpark

Mauerpark, which translates as 'Wall Park' is so named due to its location in the former no mans land of the Berlin Wall known as the death strip.  Atop the hill at the park you will find a section of the Hinterlandmauer, the wall on the eastern side, now covered with street art and graffiti. The park is probably most well known for the amazing flea market that it hosts every Sunday from 8am...

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