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Eviction of residents on Bernauer Strasse, 24 September 1961 © Landesarchiv Berlin

The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall has long since disappeared from reunified Berlin. Memories of the Wall, however, are still very much alive, and many of the visitors who come from all over the world are disappointed or surprised to find that so little remains of Berlin’s most infamous structure. The two halves of the city, separated for decades, have in fact been visibly reunited, while the remaining sections of the GDR’s border fortifications have lost their power to terrify and are being preserved for future generations. A moment of silence can help visitors grasp the message of the memorial sites dedicated to people who died trying to cross the Wall. These pages are intended as a guide to exploring the former course of the Wall.

25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall

25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall

The highlight of the 25th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Wall on 9 November 2014 will be a symbolic Wall installation: a “light border” made up of illuminated balloons filled with helium. This flyer (PDF) will tell you more about this anniversary project.  mehr »

History in images

History in images

An online project of the television station Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb): 250 short videos give viewers a look at life in the divided city, bringing Berliners’ daily existence back to life. The videos are from the SFB/rbb archives, the German Broadcasting Archive (DRA), and GDR television.  mehr(Externer Link) »

Mobile website

Mobile website

You can now explore the grounds of the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse on your own using a smartphone or a tablet. The new website functions as a mobile tour guide.  mehr(Externer Link) »

BlackBox

BlackBox

With its many different media stations, the "BlackBox Cold War" examines the international dimension of the division of Germany and Europe.  mehr(Externer Link) »

Asisi Panorama

Asisi Panorama

Yadegar Asisi´s panorama at Checkpoint Charlie shows everyday life along the Berlin Wall on a fall day in the 1980s.  mehr(Externer Link) »

Events

Events

The Berlin Wall Foundation´s event calendar provides information on exhibitions, tours, and panel discussions.  mehr(Externer Link) »

Official Film of the Berlin Wall Memorial

Official Film of the Berlin Wall Memorial

The Berlin Wall Memorial along Bernauer Strasse is a place where traces of the former border strip have been preserved and victims are given the respect they deserve. Here history can be experienced and dictatorship confronted, sending out a strong message of courage and hope to the world.  mehr »

Virtual Museum

Virtual Museum

Discover the Berlin Wall as it was in 1989 - with the virtual Wall Museum.  mehr »

The Berlin Wall Trail

The Berlin Wall Trail

The Berlin Wall Trail, a well-developed hiking and bike path, traces the course of the former GDR border fortifications that once encircled West Berlin, taking visitors along the roughly 160 kilometers of the former border. Sections of historic interest, where traces or remains of the old Wall can still be found, alternate with stretches of natural beauty that underscore the country’s good fortune in regaining its unity.  mehr »

Border crossings

Border crossings

On 13 August 1961, the GDR’s leaders closed the border to West Berlin.    mehr »

Memorial sites

Memorial sites

Between 1961 and 1988, well over 100,000 GDR citizens tried to escape across the inner-German border or the Berlin Wall.   mehr »

Other key sites

Other key sites

Even aside from the border crossings and the memorial sites, Berlin’s division left traces that are still visible today.   mehr »

Aerial views of the Wall

Aerial views of the Wall

“Where was the Wall?” This question, asked frequently by visitors and even Berliners, can best be answered in many places from a bird’s eye view.   mehr »

Documentation centers

Documentation centers

The Berlin Wall was the symbol of Germany’s division and the GDR leadership’s disregard for human rights and basic freedoms.   mehr »

The construction of the Wall

The construction of the Wall

In the summer of 1961, the stream of refugees leaving East Germany had grown to proportions that threatened the very survival of the GDR.   mehr »

Contact

Governing Mayor of Berlin
- Senate Chancellery-
Jüdenstr. 1
10178 Berlin

Division II A
Online Communication
Telephone
+49 30 9026-2435
Fax
+49 30 9026-2285
E-mail

Smartphone app

app
Find traces of the Wall with a smartphone app

Multi media guide



Discovery Tours

Copyright notice:

BlackBox: © dpa
Asisi-Panorama: © Asisi
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