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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
way to an international crowd pursuing fashionable designer clothes, the newest food trends and frequenting the many craft shops. Graphic designers have taken up residence in what used to be backyard barns and stables. There are still vestiges of the old days, however. The occasional housing complex is a reminder of the neighborhood’s past. And if you look carefully, an old 1920s ball house nestled amongst the art galleries and exhibitions of Auguststrasse can still teach you how to dance the old fashioned way.