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DDR Watch Tower

Closes in 16 min: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
GDR Watch Tower Berlin Admission Ticket
from $4.12*
GDR Watch Tower Berlin Admission Ticket
from $4.12*
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Berlin Wall Watchtower at Potsdamer Platz The "BT 6" tower, introduced in 1966, permitted panoramic surveillance. There were more than 200 towers of this type deployed along the border line surrounding West Berlin. The gunports were covered by heavy...more
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Erna Berger Strasse | Potsdamer Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 32678910
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It was interesting to see the tower. It is an authentic tower in its original location. It cost a few EU to go upside and see how they lived and guarded to the Dead Zone. Also gives you a perspective of how large the zone...More

Thank NickellFamilyTravel
Reviewed 1 week ago

When walking in the direction of Potsdammer Platz we stumbled on a board at the sidewalk that directed us (150 meters) this this GDR Watchtower, off on a side street, en then also a little bit obscured by trees. Boy were we glad we took...More

Thank Ad-Diana
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Climb up the ladder and stand whete GDR border guards once stood, ready to shoot anyone trying to cross into the West. Who knows how long this relic will be around, visit it while you can.

Thank Joerg M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in a quiet tree lined side street off Potsdamer Platz 2 minutes walk from the station. This is genuine, not like Checkpoint Charlie. Manned by volunteers this was not open at our visit so we could only view the exterior but that was sufficiently...More

Thank S M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A private group maintain the last remaining DDR watchtower and open it to the public in the afternoon. They are very knowledgable and allow people to climb up the tower for a small donation.

1  Thank AllanBremn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With the demolition of the Berlin Wall so too came the demolition of most of the watchtowers. Fortunately someone decided to save this one. It's actually possible to go inside and climb up, or just click a few pics of it from street level. Worth...More

Thank KGB777
Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

We stumbled across this by accident and were so pleased we did. Can’t believe it’s not better known as it was my favourite thing in Berlin.

1  Thank Mogj12
Reviewed August 27, 2018

On a visit to Berlin, we hunted to find the Watch Tower that we had heard about. Suddenly, in a side street, there it was. We were so fortunate to be able to go inside, as it was open, and the manager talked to us...More

Thank angusangel
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

A tiny piece of history just behind Leipzig Platz. The last one in Berlin and nearly demolished a few years ago. Very friendly and informative guide at the bottom. A very small fee to go up (it’s only a few steps up a couple of...More

Thank Pete W
Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

Came on this after visiting Check point Charlie and what a contrast. Former is a replica swarming with tourists, whereas this a genuine piece of history in a quiet surroundings with only a few visitors. Saved from falling to pieces by volunteers who provide the...More

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The center of Berlin, Mitte is most famous for sights
like the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Museum
Island. The central location makes this one of the
city's most expensive places to live. It is here the
oldest traces of the city can be found, and evidence
of some significant transformations, as well. The
gangsters that once ruled the impoverished streets
between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt have given
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Response from Stewart B | Reviewed this property |
No need to reserve. Just turn up, pay the man on the door. Enjoy.