5 accessible places to see the Berlin Wall

5 accessible places to see the Berlin Wall

The large stretch known as the East Side Gallery will eternally house iconic paintings that reflect the protests, thoughts and ideas of international authors. In this week's post we take a tour of different accessible places where you can find the remains of the wall that separated Berlin for 28 years.

1. East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery is the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall, stretching 1.3 kilometers along the River Spree. After the wall came down in 1989, more than 100 international artists captured their vision of the world here.

This site has become the largest open-air art gallery in existence and a true “ode to freedom”. Therefore, it usually attracts many tourists every year.

Some of the most famous murals to visit are the Fraternal Kiss between Brezhnev and Honecker by Dmitri Vrubel, Test the Rest by Birgit Kinder, It Happened in November by Kani Alavi and We are a People by Shamil Gimajew, among others.

People with reduced mobility can visit the street art. You can quickly go by train or bus to the gallery from the central Alexanderplatz.

2. Berlin Wall Memorial

The Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Center shows what that time of division was like in the city. Located on Bernauer Straße, an old border wall and a watchtower remain.

According to its official website, the outdoor exhibition and documentation center are fully-accessible. Accessible restrooms are available. Additionally, wheelchairs, canes, and portable seats can be borrowed at the visitor center information desk.

3. Topographie des Terrors

The Topographie des Terrors is located on Niederkirchnerstraße, where the Reich Security Main Office used to be and numerous crimes were committed.

The museum’s permanent exhibition shows the crimes of National Socialism, the institutions involved, and the end of the war. In addition, the enclosure integrates segments of the Berlin wall.

Its website indicates the absence of architectural barriers in the exhibitions, as well as the availability of paid parking spaces for people with reduced mobility.

4. Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie was the most famous border crossing during the Cold War. When the wall was standing, desperate escape attempts and exchanges of spies took place at this post.

An adjacent accessible museum will enlighten you with information regarding border control and the events that occurred when the city was divided.

5. Potsdamerplatz

Located in the heart of Berlin, the modern Potsdamer Platz was divided and left in ruins by the war. Today, you can visit several wall fragments and a watchtower on the Erna-Berger-Straße.

Tell us, would you be interested in traveling to Berlin to learn about its history?

Sources: Visit Berlin, Museumsportal Berlin, Stiftung Berliner Mauer and Topographie des Terrors


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