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Top sights in Berlin
For 28 years the Berlin Wall symbolized an ideological stalemate and its fall was swiftly followed by that of the Soviet Union. It's shaped the contemporary life of a city and the attitudes of its residents, so here are some things to know before your trip.
Berlin was the main route for the 3.5 million East Germans emigrating to the West prior to 1961. The 155km wall was intended to stifle a hemorrhaging workforce!
An estimated 100,000 still escaped East Germany after the wall went up. In the first two years, 1,300 of them were border guards!
Crossing wasn't easy, of course. At least 98 people were killed as a result of trying to sneak through, although some counts put the death toll well above 200!
East Berliners devised many daring ways of entering the West, from tightropes, zip-lines, and hot air balloons to crashing through in a speeding train!
Misinformation about relaxed regulations spread across East German news, driving citizens to gather at the wall hoping to cross. Outnumbered, the border guards eventually gave way!
Most of the wall has been demolished, but tourists can still visit preserved segments, such as the Eastside Gallery (so-called for its large graffiti murals running along the Spree River's east bank between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain). A notable section is also visible at the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse. City tours should cover most of the sites, including Checkpoint Charlie – the famous American checkpoint on Friedrichstrasse.
Berlin is a true summer city and there are few better ways to spend a sun-soaked visit than to tour its sights by foot or by bike! If your visit has been cursed by cold or rainy weather, however, visit the segment at the Berlin Wall Memorial. It can be viewed from the top floor of its Visitors' Center, which also provides fascinating insights into life behind the wall.
- When should I visit?
- Outdoor areas are always open, but the Visitors' Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM.
- Is it expensive?
- The open areas and Visitors' Center are free to visit, but the Center does accept donations.
- Will I need a guide?
- A tour is definitely worth it! Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
- How to get there
- Depending on the exhibit you wish to see, directions will vary, but the wall is easily reachable!
- Additional information
- ** Remember to remain respectful during your visit. | Check the weather! Berlin can get windy quickly so plan ahead.*
What people are saying about Berlin Wall
Our tour guide Jim was excellent. The tour covered all the main areas of interest. Physically an easy cycle. There were 17 in our group and apparently can be as many as 20!! Too difficult to get through traffic lights with a group that size. Also slower to get moving after every stop with so many people. They made over €470 for one group. With one tour guide. Seems greedy to me. Smaller groups or reduce your price! One or the other.
We had Celine as our tour guide and she was incredibly knowledgeable + insightful. What made it exceptional were all the first-hand accounts of the experiences her parents had gone through and the stories of all the people she had met along the way who had experienced the cold war. Would highly recommend Celine as your tour guide and seeing Berlin by bike is a great way to discover the city.
This is a tour I would strongly recommend to anyone who just arrives in Berlin and wishes to get an overview and in-sight of Berlin tourist attractions. The tour is most informative and entertaining. It covers lots of area of interest in 3.5 hours. You get to know Berlin well in a nut-shell. You can then come back and spend more time exploring your area of interest.
Every step of this tour is a learning moment with moments of the satirical and moments for tears. Sarah our guide was so generous with her knowledge, her passion to share this tragic part of history and with other aspects of Berlin life. Sarah thank you I have taken so much away with me...and am reading more and more. An enlightening roller coaster of a tour
It was easy to order and then collect the cards at the airport when we arrived in Berlin. They gave us free travel in the whole Berlin area including Potsdam which we also visited. This was brilliant as Berlin is a large city and you can't cover everything on foot. The discounts in museums and other attractions was a bonus.