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Berlin Wall Trail

Construction of the “Berlin Wall Trail” (Berliner Mauerweg) began in 2002 and was completed in 2006. The Senate Department for Urban Development (Directorates I and VII) is the “Berliner Mauerweg” project coordinator, while the state-owned Grün Berlin GmbH was charged with carrying out the project. Grün Berlin GmbH can answer your questions at info@gruen-berlin.de. Project financing came from the Senate Department for Economics, Labour and Women’s Issues (90%), which tapped a state/federal joint fund used to improve regional economic structures, and the Senate Department for Urban Development’s own resources (10%). More...
The Berlin Wall Trail traces the course of the former GDR border fortifications encircling West Berlin, the former western half of the city, along a total of around 160 kilometers. In most sections, this hiking and bike trail runs along the former patrol road used by customs officers in West Berlin or along the border control road used by GDR border troops for their own patrols. Sections of historic interest, with traces or remains of the old Wall, alternate with stretches of natural beauty that underscore the country’s good fortune in regaining its unity.
Signs mark the course of the Berlin Wall Trail, and maps displayed at regular intervals help bikers and pedestrians find their bearings. Berlin History Mile stations and the info markers along the Berlin Wall Trail also provide information in several languages on the division of Germany and the construction and fall of the Berlin Wall. Photographs and short texts describe events that happened at the site in question and recall the political situation and everyday life in the divided city. The “Berlin Wall Orientation System” in the city center has maps and listening stations and gives visitors another way to discover traces of the Wall. People who died at the Berlin Wall are recalled at 29 different places along the route with short biographies. These info markers complement the historical memorial markers and crosses still found in what was once West Berlin. The national memorial for the victims of the Berlin Wall is on the grounds of the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse. (More information on the victims is available at www.chronik-der-mauer.de(Externer Link).)

The Berlin Wall Trail is divided into 14 individual sections to help you plan a bike tour or a walk. Each section is between seven and 21 kilometers long, and you can reach the beginning and end of each route easily with public transportation. In general, bicycles are permitted on S-Bahn, subway, and regional trains, but please comply with the rules of the public transportation services. You can find more information on border crossings, memorials, Wall monuments, Wall traces, documentation centers, and museums under the other menu items on this portal.
From Potsdamer Platz to Warschauer Strasse

From Potsdamer Platz to Warschauer Strasse

Discover a hidden GDR watchtower and see two long sections of the outer and inner walls at their original location along a route that starts in the heart of Berlin. This route also takes you past two former border crossings in the city center. … more »

From Warschauer Strasse to Schöneweide

From Warschauer Strasse to Schöneweide

This route will appeal especially to cyclists who are interested in the divided neighborhoods of the Neukölln and Treptow boroughs and would like to see the “Sonnenallee” border crossing made famous in the movie of the same name. This section also includes the memorial for Chris Gueffroy, who was shot in February 1989 – just months before the fall of the Wall – in his attempt to escape. … more »

From Schöneweide to Schönefeld

From Schöneweide to Schönefeld

As an old center of industry and a new city of service providers, Berlin is linked to the surrounding countryside by road, rail, and water transport routes. Anyone curious to take a “backdoor” look at the city will be rewarded with a visit to one end of the American spy tunnel built in Rudow in the 1950s. … more »

From Schönefeld to Lichtenrade

From Schönefeld to Lichtenrade

Starting from the former border crossing Waltersdorfer Chaussee, this route leads through open countryside, now freely accessible. Cyclists and hikers in good shape will learn a lot about everyday life along the Wall and can also visit the memorial for Horst Kullack. … more »

From Lichtenrade to Lichterfelde Süd

From Lichtenrade to Lichterfelde Süd

A scenic route awaits you in this section of the trail. Although little is to be seen of the former border fortifications, the abrupt transition from the city’s edge to open countryside remains an obvious sign of the decades of forced division. … more »

From Lichterfelde Süd to Griebnitzsee

From Lichterfelde Süd to Griebnitzsee

On the way from Lichterfelde to Griebnitzsee, you pass the two former border crossings at Drewitz/Dreilinden. The route takes you to Steinstücken, which was a West Berlin exclave on GDR territory, and ends at the Griebnitzsee S-Bahn station, a former checkpoint for passengers traveling by train. … more »

From Griebnitzsee to Wannsee

From Griebnitzsee to Wannsee

Home to one of Potsdam’s many palaces, Klein-Glienicke was surrounded by West Berlin but belonged to the GDR. Once walled off, the grounds are today a popular destination for outings. From here you can cycle along the Havel River towards Wannsee, enjoying the view of the church Heilandskirche and Peacock Island (Pfaueninsel) on the way. … more »

From Wannsee to Staaken

From Wannsee to Staaken

This trip starts off with a boat ride. On the riverbank at Kladower Ufer you can decide whether you want to make a detour to see the Sacrow church Heilandskirche, which stood in the “no man’s land” in front of the Wall until 1990, or whether you prefer to go directly to Staaken, where remnants of the Wall can be seen even today. … more »

From Staaken to Hennigsdorf

From Staaken to Hennigsdorf

The GDR government also kept an eye on shipping. The route to Hennigsdorf passes three former West Berlin exclaves on the way to the Hennigsdorf waterway checkpoint, where sunken barges blocked river traffic on the Havel. You will also see one of the few watchtowers still standing along the former border. … more »

From Hennigsdorf to Hohen Neuendorf

From Hennigsdorf to Hohen Neuendorf

Near Stolpe, cyclists on the way to Hohen Neuendorf from Hennigsdorf will come across the last border crossing built at the Berlin Wall, which went into operation not long before the Wall fell. The route also passes the spot where Marienetta Jirkowsky, one of the few women to attempt an escape from the GDR, tried to cross the Wall to West Berlin. … more »

From Hohen Neuendorf to Hermsdorf

From Hohen Neuendorf to Hermsdorf

Another watchtower – this time in a northern borough – still stands on Utestrasse, where the youth organization Deutsche Waldjugend has used it as a base for their nature conservation work since 1990. Starting from the watchtower, the route takes you through a wooded area to Hermsdorf and shows you the “duck’s beak” on the way. … more »

From Hermsdorf to Wollankstrasse

From Hermsdorf to Wollankstrasse

Children, too, will enjoy the route running from Hermsdorf to Wollankstrasse. It crosses Lübars, a part of town with a number of riding stables and lots of visitors. Along the way, the Soviet Memorial in the park Schönholzer Heide in Pankow recalls the Soviet Army’s capture of Berlin at the end of World War II. … more »

From Wollankstrasse to Nordbahnhof

From Wollankstrasse to Nordbahnhof

This part of the trail runs from the northern edge of the city center through the Mauerpark to the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse, with its viewing platform and a long section of the original wall, and is also a good choice for an outing with children and school groups. Railroad buffs will get an idea of how local public transportation adapted to the divided city. … more »

From Nordbahnhof to Potsdamer Platz

From Nordbahnhof to Potsdamer Platz

This inner-city tour takes cyclists and hikers from the Berlin Wall Memorial through the new government district and past Brandenburg Gate into the heart of reunified Berlin. Along the way, you will discover countless remains and traces of the former GDR border fortifications, as well as many sites of historical interest. … more »