Memorial of the Berlin Wall

Memorial of the Berlin Wall

Memorial of the Berlin Wall
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Berlin Wall Memorial is the central memorial site of German division, located in the middle of the capital. Situated at the historic site on Bernauer Strasse, it extends along 1.4 kilometers of the former border strip. The memorial contains the last piece of Berlin Wall with the preserved grounds behind it and is thus able to convey an impression of how the border fortifications developed until the end of the 1980s. The events that took place here together with the preserved historical remnants and traces of border obstacles on display help to make the history of Germany's division comprehensible to visitors. The memorial is part of the Berlin Wall Foundation, which also includes the Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum, the central site dedicated to the history of flight and emigration in divided Germany. MOBILE TOURGUIDE Visitors to the Berlin Wall Memorial who have a smartphone or a tablet computer with internet access at their disposal have the opportunity to select an individual tour of the memorial grounds for themselves on the memorial's mobile website berliner-mauer.mobi.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Mitte (Borough)
How to get there
  • Nordbahnhof • 5 min walk
  • Bernauer Straße • 7 min walk
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  • Stephen
    Swanscombe, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Monument to the Cold War
    The Berlin Wall Memorial German is a powerful reminder of the Cold War and the history of the divided city of Berlin. Located at the former border between East and West Germany, the memorial is made up of a concrete structure that is both a memorial to those who died during the Cold War and a reminder of the oppressive border that once divided the city. The memorial is made up of a series of concrete walls, watchtowers, and guard posts, as well as a museum and a memorial site. The museum provides a detailed look at the history of the Berlin Wall and the events leading up to its construction and fall. The memorial site includes a memorial book, a memorial plaque, and a memorial garden. Visitors can also take part in a guided tour of the memorial, which includes an audio-visual presentation of the history of the Berlin Wall and its impact on the lives of those who lived in East and West Germany. The Berlin Wall Memorial German is a must-see for anyone interested in learning more about the Cold War and the history of the divided city.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Claudia C
    Monza, Italy98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss it!
    If you have any interest in history do not miss this site, it is the one place in Berlin which gives you a sense of what life was like when the wall was up. There is a very informative museum across the street (and a small cafe if you need a pit stop) I found it phenomenally interesting and quite emotional! In the museum you can see videos and hear recordings of people who lived through that era and their experiences.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 June 2023
  • 27508518717
    World22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good reminder of history
    Definitely worth visiting and to remember the past. A bit like an outdoors museum with lots of historical information. Several displays with information about the cold war and stories from this specific area.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 9 July 2023
  • 00Shawn00
    Swindon, United Kingdom360 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit
    We walked to the memorial from our hotel near Brandenburg gate. It was about an hours walk but really nice, with plenty of nice coffee shops and bakeries on the way so we managed to have a nice coffee and a potter around. The memorial itself it really worth it, and we very nearly didn’t go. It turned out to be one of the better parts of our visit, and we actually preferred it to the East Side gallery. It’s quite easy to miss parts so make sure you keep going right up past the mural of Conrad Schumann and eventually the memorial ends in a little alley way between some houses. If you stop off first at the visitor centre you can grab a load of leaflets with each one focussing on a specific part of the Berlin way e.g the history, the aftermath etc and that is really useful. There is a lot of information boards so just take your time and read everything, it is so worth it! After the first section you walk by a large metal wall. At the end, before you cross the road, go through the little alley and you end in what looks like it may be a car park?? However, you can then look through the gaps in the original concrete wall and see the preserved section between the east and west side walls with the tower, the original light posts and junction boxes etc to see what it would have looked like. Quite a lot of people walked by that so make sure you stop off. It’s the but at the end of the original cemetery where the large tower is still standing.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Clay
    Rudersdorf, Germany2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A walk through history
    Visiting the memorial of the Berlin Wall was an eye-opening experience. The graffiti, iron bars, and divided city all served as a reminder of the city's past. Checkpoint Charlie was a particularly poignant reminder of the physical and ideological divisions of the city. It was a powerful experience to witness the history of the city firsthand.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Isabel
    Weston, Florida24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical
    The place itself was really historical and it’s amazing and saddening to learn the history of the Berlin Wall. My only problem was the fact that it was a bit not taken care of. It wasn’t littered or anything like that, but there wasn’t much to see. The only reason we learned most about the Wall was because of another tour we went on. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great place to visit, just don’t expect too much.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Ken T
    Glen Oaks, New York902 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great historic moment to see while in Berlin
    You get an up and close look at the wall and how difficult is was to climb over for residents trapped in East Berlin. The history tells you of many daring attempts to escape and the consequences of being caught by the watchtower nazi guards. Really a good history lesson for all.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Lou B
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must to tick off when in Berlin
    It’s a must visit if you go to Berlin. Lots of interesting history and a good visual representation. Good transport links so easy to get to. Probably spent about an hour here with our 6 and 12 year old children.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Chandra O
    Millington, Tennessee61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Multiple locations! Not just 1
    You DO NOT have to go to a specific spot for this. They are ALL OVER! We saw three locations-topography of Terror and the just stumbled across several while we walked the city area. Use a hop on hop off!! We utilized the ONE DAY Big Bus (#1) on trip advisor last year. You download an app and get real time location of buses on route!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • mearsfamily
    London, United Kingdom125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see and give lots of time
    I saw this on trip advisor but didn’t see it mentioned in any guide books and I’m so glad I did see it here. This was a fantastic museum as well as a lots of other information. Go to the museum first which is free and get the guides and then you know what each part relates too. Loads to see and read and was a highlight of our trip. So respectfully done and really informative.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 September 2023
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Ramikat
Illinois358 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very informative. You start out at the Visitor's Center, Bernauerstrasse 111, where they show two films. one is about the history of the Berlin Wall, the second film that starts a few minutes after the first, tells about all the fortifications and defense that the Soviets built. A number of people left after the first film was over, so if you visit, wait a few minutes for the second one to start! Films are in German and English - the staff at the front desk will tell you what times the English version begins.
After this, you cross the street to see wall remnants, memorial items, and other displays along the street where the wall used to be. Then back across the street to the Documentation Center at 119 Bernauerstr. More interesting displays and recorded accounts. You can go up to a tower where you can look out over the wall and see a remaining watch tower.
Written 24 May 2024
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Helen W
Stafford, UK349 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
Visited today, arrived or Nordbahnof, this itself is a very interesting place. The photos around show you how the station was sealed off along with lots to read.
Across the road is the memorial, you can stand in the middle of the walls. Lots of information as you walk around, then across the road is the viewing tower and exhibition, you can go up to the 5th floor to look over with the watch tower. Lots of photos and information inside. Further down the road is the gift/bookshop with interesting books in all languages including ones for children which explain it. Can’t believe there is no charge either. Well worth a visit which is full of information and makes you realise how the wall divided people including through the cemetery.
Written 30 April 2024
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Jacquie Maxwell
London, UK13 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Family
The Berlin Wall Memorial is a powerful and accessible way to learn about the division of Berlin and its eventual reunification. We found the mix of preserved wall segments, open-air exhibits, and the Documentation Center to be very engaging. The stories of escape attempts and the impact on families were particularly moving. Even our young children were able to grasp the basic concepts due to the visual nature of the site. While some content is sobering, it's an important place to visit – a reminder of the cost of division and the triumph of the human spirit.
Written 19 April 2024
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Anyleven
London, UK213 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Solo
Very poignant memorial with plenty of visual and audio information explaining the history. Well worth a visit and easy to get to.
Written 12 April 2024
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newlifechapters
Nashville, TN203 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
Very good memorial- showed the wall, the middle ground between inner and outer wall which was the dead zone, a guard tower and mix of modern design and the original wall. The most moving was the display of those that lost their lives trying to escape across the wall- included their photos, information and the photos were then reflected on the side of their cubicles in an etherial manner.
Written 12 April 2024
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kkarenjess
Candler, NC64 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Couples
This was one of the most moving memorials I ever visited and the museum next door one of the most memorable . Historical and very educating. I applaud Germany for owning and
educating their children and the world about their history. I found Germany to be a welcoming, fun and historical country to visit!
Written 11 April 2024
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June A
Surrey, UK2,715 contributions
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May 2023 • Solo
The memorial gardens are well worth a visit and very easy to get to. The railings are designed to depict the Iron Curtain and the gardens have various exhibitions detailing the history and lives of those on either side and how it affected them.
Written 5 April 2024
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Tigerram
132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Was part of a Cold War tour we took with ‘Inside Tours’ and trying to understand the emotions people went through from both East and West perspective brings the history alive. A sad history for many but also a safe haven for others who then suffered when the wall fell.
A very moving experience and recommend get a good guide to help provide the differing perspectives and modern day reflections (thanks Glen)
Written 21 March 2024
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Safari66987356403
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
EXCELLENT TOOK LOADS OF PHOTOS OF THE WALL LOTS OF THINGS TO DO GREAT EXPERIENCES AND LOTS OF THINGS TO SEE WILL BE GOING BACK TO SEE THE GATE LOVELY PEOPLE IN BERLIN
Written 16 March 2024
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emma
Amsterdam, The Netherlands130 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Friends
Today I saw the Berlin Wall. It was very cool and I would recommend, an obvious must in the city. Would explore more! Excited to be in Berlin
Written 14 March 2024
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