Former checkpoints

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Image: Landesarchiv/Johann Willa

On 13 August 1961, the GDR leadership closed the border to West Berlin. On August 22, the GDR Ministry of the Interior established crossing points – seven on streets and one at a train station – to be used by West Berliners, citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany, and foreign nationals. More information

Commemorative sites

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Image: Hohmuth, Stiftung Berliner Mauer

Located along the former course of the Wall, the Berlin Wall Memorial provides information on the political backdrop of the division of Berlin, on escape attempts, and on individual fates. More information

Museums and exhibitions

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Image: Stiftung Haus der Geschichte/Christoph Petras

Located along the former course of the Wall, the Berlin Wall Memorial and the Wall museum Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie provide information on the historical backdrop and on individual fates. More information

Traces of the wall

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Image: SenStadt

Berlin's conservation authorities have been working since 1990 to preserve parts of the former border strip. More information


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Image: Senatskanzlei

Crosses and other commemorative markers were put up as early as 1961 in places where people were shot or died trying to escape over the Wall. More information

Other key sites

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Image: © rudi1976 -

Other places in Berlin, such as Brandenburg Gate or Potsdamer Platz, show less evidence of the city’s division than one might expect. More information