Aerial view of the bank of the Spree

Enlarge photo: Luftbild Alexanderplatz Spree Eastsidegallery
Image: Berlin Partner/FTB Werbefotografie; Grafik: d17

The former course of the Wall between the bridges Oberbaumbrücke (bottom; not in the photo) and Schillingbrücke (center) along the border between the districts of Friedrichshain (right; former East Berlin) and Kreuzberg (left; former West Berlin).

The political border, which deviated along this section of the border from the position of the outer wall, is marked in yellow. The border’s actual location was a matter of life and death for fugitives, since the entire area covered by the river here belonged to East Berlin.

The last section of the inner wall marked in blue (bottom) has become famous all over the world as the “East Side Gallery.” Its pictures, painted in 1990, were carefully restored in 2009.