11 places to see the remains of the Berlin Wall

Where can you see the remains of the Berlin Wall today?

From 1961 until 1989 Berlin was cut in half by a wall which surrounded the West of the city and stopped the East Berliners working, travelling and socialising with their counterparts and relatives in the West of the city. The wall was armed with watchtowers, soldiers and barbed wire. You could cross, but not when you wished and only using official crossing points.

Originally there was more than 28 miles of wall. Nowadays, you have to hunt for it but parts still stand. You can walk or hire a bike to follow the full route of the wall. The “Berliner Mauerweg” opened in 2005, to find it there is a guide here, or follow the markers on the road or pavement which show the route of the wall.

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Map showing locations of remains of the Berlin Wall.

 

Here is a selection of places where you can still see the remains of the Wall today:

Topography of Terror

(Topographie des Terrors) 8 Niederkirchnerstrasse, Mitte

Berlin Wall topography of terror

The Topography of Terror site housed what was the SS and Gestapo headquarters, nowadays it is a museum documenting the history of repression during the Nazis but it also has a 200-metre long section of the old border.

Old St Hedwig Cemetery, Humbolthain

Look our for the remains of the Berlin Wall along the northern edge of St Hedwig Cemetery.

Puschkinallee/Schlesischer Busch

Berlin Wall Watchtower

Puschkinalle, 1  Lohmühlenstrasse, Treptow

Here you will find not only a gap site which marks where the wall was but also a watchtower

Bösebrücke

Bornholmer Strasse 70, Prenzlauer Berg

This site was a former border crossing and was the first to open when the borders were opened on the night of 9th November 1989.

Gutspark Gross Glienicke

Potsdamer Chaussee, Spandau

The border between East and West Berlin ran straight through the middle of the lake with buoys marking the route.  On the shore of the lake you will still see some wall remains.

Checkpoint Charlie

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At the corner of Schützenstrasse and Friedrichstrasse, near Checkpoint Charlie, has some pieces of the wall and information points.

East Side Gallery

Mühlenstrasse 3-100, Friedrichshain

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Here you will find the longest section of the Wall which is now an open air art gallery for graffiti artists.

Berlin Wall Memorial

111 Bernauer Strasse, Mitte

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The Berlin Wall ran along the entire southern side of Bernauer Strasse.  You can still find a watchtower and part of the border strip alongside a visitor centre a viewing tower.

Invalid cemetery (Invalidenfridhof)

Scharnhorststrasse 31, Mitte

Nearly 90% of the graves in this old graveyard were removed to make space for the border.  A former watchtower at Kieler Strasse is here.

Potsdamer Platz

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Right outside the entrance to the station you will find pieces of the wall which were only taken down in 2008. Nearby on Erna Berger Strasse is a watchtower that you can visit.

 

Mauerpark

63 Bernauer Strasse, Mitte

A home for graffiti artists is the new use for this remaining piece of wall.  The park here has lots of space for walks, activities and also holds a flea market.

 

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