Memorial of the Berlin Wall

Memorial of the Berlin Wall

Memorial of the Berlin Wall
4.5
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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
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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
Neighborhood: Mitte (Borough)
How to get there
  • Nordbahnhof • 5 min walk
  • Bernauer Straße • 7 min walk
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  • 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 July 9, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 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 July 23, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 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
    Traveled solo
    Written August 17, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Chandra O
    Millington, Tennessee62 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Hanbazlea22
    London, United Kingdom178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place to visit.
    A must see. We did not enter the museum but did walk though the grounds? Past the church, lots of history here. Very informative of the history of this particular place. Moving to read all the information. Well maintained.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • keyfauvert
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience.
    Berlin did a great job preserving a section of the Berlin Wall. The Topography of Terror Museum is free and excellent. Very educational and sad to learn what took place here but very well laid out. You get the full history from the rise of Hitler to his death. Highly recommended.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 19, 2023
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The Swiss Nomad
Lugano, Switzerland3,518 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
During our stay in Berlin we visited this memorial, which was about a 10-min walk from Alexanderplatz.
There is not a whole lot remaining from the wall here, so there are mostly information desks explaining what happened and when, describing how life was back then and how people managed to escape.
It was nice (also because outside it was freezing cold) but after some time my interest faded as it gets crowded and you have to wait your turn to read.
From the top floor of the building we could catch a glimpse of how Berlin was separated.
A good attraction all in all.
Written January 8, 2020
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Ana G
Sydney, Australia417 contributions
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Jun 2019
It is a great reminder of the past. It is well done with plenty of information.

The way the city has commemorated the wall throughout all of Berlin with the copper line and cobble stone footpaths really show people how the city was divided in an powerful and yet subtle way.
Written April 13, 2020
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Palletts2013
Stayton, OR660 contributions
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Oct 2019 • Friends
It’s a wall, so not much to see, but the history behind the wall is fascinating. It represented the separation of east and west, the memorial is only about 200 feet long. However, the Berlin Wall itself went right through the middle of the city and was 91 miles long around West Berlin and had 302 watch towers. The memorial is a good place to get the facts on the wall.
Written April 19, 2020
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James H
Greenville, SC49 contributions
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Mar 2020
As mid-60's Americans whose formative years were defined by the Cold War, this was a must-see for us while in Berlin. We arrived late in the day and were not able to spend as much time as we would have liked but the outdoor displays and illuminated exhibits with recordings of news reports from the early 60's were very well done and made what we were seeing come alive. The displays and pictures of those who were killed trying to cross into West Berlin was sobering. The nearby U-Bahn train station (which had been blocked up by the East Germans until reunification) also had some excellent displays. We will return to spend more time here in our next trip to Berlin.
Written March 16, 2020
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CATTSAR
Provincetown, MA22,653 contributions
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Oct 2019
Of all the reminders of the Cold War, the Berlin Wall is probably the most recognized. I was not sure what to expect, perhaps just some rubble, this was not the case at all. There are many sections of the wall remaining without restricting movement around the city. Amazingly, most of the wall has been turned into an ongoing, ever changing art gallery exhibiting a wide range of contemporary art and medium. On any tour you will continue to come across pieces still standing. From something evil comes art, what a great redemption.
Written January 2, 2020
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GoGo5858
Prague, Czech Republic483 contributions
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Jul 2020
Highly recommended. Spent here about two hours. Close to the city center.

The visitor center is currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The documentation center is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 - 17 (12 pm - 5 pm). Free of charge. A facemask is mandatory.

Inside you could see a lot of pictures about the particular place (Bernauer Str.). Do not forget to see a short film about the friendly revolution in the former GDR (with English subtitles). The highlight is a watching tower where you can see the dead strip.

Easily accessible on foot and the public transport (S Bahn Nordbahnhof)
Written August 1, 2020
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Natalie Germany
Munich, Germany10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Here in this place you understand the importance of life. Child or grown up you understand that the city was separated by the wall that you now so easy make walks. The wall is full of paints with a lot of meaning.

Interested place to visit in the night or day!
Written September 30, 2020
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mrd0t
Philadelphia, PA9 contributions
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Dec 2019
It's a remarkable memorial, which blends preserved sections of the wall with outlines and plaques along Bernauer Strasse. Together, these elements give a good idea of the scope of the area cleared for the "death strip", which the city has largely reclaimed in the decades after reunification. A small museum tells the stories of regular Berliners who lived on the fault-line between the two sides of the Cold War.
Written January 12, 2020
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Andrew S
Aberdeen, UK242 contributions
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Feb 2020
Getting off the underground at the top of Benauer street and walking down, there was lots to see along the wall. Seeing what happened to that street is really intersting, and there is a guard tower exhibit half way down. This is really good.
Continuing along there is a muesum building at the bottom which shows some interesting documentaries about how the wall was built and guarded.
Written January 31, 2021
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Bryant
New York City, NY63 contributions
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Jan 2020
The berlin wall memorial is quite stunning. Seeing the photos of the victims as well as hearing their stories was quite amazing and very moving. If you can, get yourself a guide that will elaborate more on the topic. Our group gained so much from this experience. FYI - the east side gallery where all the graffiti and street art is located in a different part of the city not anywhere close to this memorial. If you want to do that, you'll have to take a taxi or the metro there.
Written February 5, 2020
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