In order to recall the famous division and bring to light its effects on the country, on the city and on the soul of Berlin’s population, the Berlin Wall Memorial
was created right in the Bernauer Strasse
(near the North Station). It is an open-air museum where we can see part of the remains of the wall, as well as photographs and explanatory texts about the events. This space also houses a watchtower and a documentation centre.
Several other parts of the wall are still standing and remain well preserved in spaces that are authentic cultural references in the city. The East Side Gallery
is one of the best examples. It is one of the largest outdoor art galleries in the world and you can easily find it on the Mühlenstraße
, next to the Warschauer Strasse
It has a huge symbolic and emotional value and it is one of the places Germans have the most respect for. In fact, it represents the beginning of the great change, as well as the renewal of the city and its opening to the world. It was precisely in this fraction of the wall that many artists came together to express through their art their great desire to achieve freedom. Since then, it has remained one of the German capital’s major tourist attractions. You should know that visiting it can be a truly moving experience.
There is another spot where the division of the German territory is well documented — the Museum of the famous Checkpoint Charlie
border post (name that Allied Forces gave to this milestone of the separation between East and West). If you are into spy films, you may have seen this post portrayed on the big screen.