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Wall Monuments

Mauerverlauf in Treptow-Köpenick, nördlicher Teil
Berlin Wall in Treptow-Köpenick, northern part
Image: Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung

This section describes the remains of the Berlin Wall now protected as historical monuments and presents them in their current topographical context. It looks at Wall segments and former watchtowers that were all part of the roughly 43-kilometer border strip running through the city.

This list does not include elements that were part of the complex system of border controls in a wider sense and are classified as monuments for their historical significance. One example would be the “Tränenpalast” (Palace of Tears), which was part of the checkpoint at the Friedrichstraße station. This transparent glass pavilion, built in 1962, was used for border clearance. The scene of countless tearful farewells between visitors from the west and their relatives in East Berlin, it brought the human suffering caused by the inner-German border into plain view.

Other examples include the many buildings near the former border that still show signs of the border fortifications of the past, such as the grain silo topped off by a watchtower at Mühlenstraße 78-80, the former home of the GDR’s Academy of Agricultural Sciences at Krausenstraße 38-39 with its barred windows, or the building now housing the “Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben,” which – because it lay on the border strip – had its windows welded and walled shut and, as the observation bridge on the roof indicates, became part of the GDR’s border security installations. As secondary structures, these buildings, too, are evidence of the Berlin Wall but are not listed separately here, nor are the protected sections of the wall between West Berlin and the rest of the GDR or the border installations along the transit routes, such as the Dreilinden checkpoint.

Witness to the events of 9 November 1989

Link to: Witness to the events of 9 November 1989
Image: Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, Wolfgang Bittner

Information about Hinterland wall on Bornholmer Straße. More information

Norweger Straße and Behmstraße

Link to: Norweger Straße and Behmstraße
Image: Prof. Dr. Schmidt, Leo

Information about Wall Monuments along the "Ulbricht curve". More information

Wall park

Link to: Wall park
Image: Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, Wolfgang Bittner

Information about Wall Monuments at "Mauerpark" in Prenzlauer Berg. More information

Bernauer Straße

Link to: Bernauer Straße
Image: Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung

Information about Wall Monuments at Bernauer Straße. More information

Around the Nordbahnhof

Link to: Around the Nordbahnhof
Image: Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, Wolfgang Bittner

Information about Wall Monuments around the Nordbahnhof station. More information

Command post at Kieler Eck

Link to: Command post at Kieler Eck
Image: Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, Wolfgang Bittner

Information about command post Kieler Eck. More information

The cemetery Invalidenfriedhof

Link to: The cemetery Invalidenfriedhof
Image: Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, Wolfgang Bittner

Information about Wall Monuments at the cemetery Invalidenfriedhof. More information

Leipziger Platz

Link to: Leipziger Platz
Image: Prof. Dr. Schmidt, Leo

Information about the Hinterland wall at Leipziger Platz. More information

Watchtower Erna-Berger-Straße

Link to: Watchtower Erna-Berger-Straße
Image: Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, Christina Czymay

Information about the observation tower on Erna-Berger-Straße. More information

Niederkirchnerstraße

Link to: Niederkirchnerstraße
Image: Berliner Mauer-Archiv, Hagen Koch

Information about the Wall on Niederkirchnerstraße. More information

An der Schillingbrücke

Link to: An der Schillingbrücke
Image: Dr. Kuhrmann, Anke

Information about the border through the Spree. More information

East Side Gallery

Link to: East Side Gallery
Image: Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung

Information about the East Side Gallery. More information

Command post Schlesischer Busch

Link to: Command post Schlesischer Busch
Image: Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, Wolfgang Bittner

Information about the Schlesischer Busch command post. More information

Hinterland wall at Rudower Höhe

Link to: Hinterland wall at Rudower Höhe
Image: Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, Helmut Petersen

Information about the Hinterland wall at Rudower Hoehe. More information

Maps about the Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall in Bornholmer Straße

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Berlin Wall in Norweger Straße

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Berlin Wall in Mauerpark

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Berlin Wall in Bernauer Straße

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Berlin Wall at Nordbahnhof

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Berlin Wall in Kieler Eck

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Berlin Wall at Invalidenfriedhof

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Berlin Wall at Leipziger Platz

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Berlin Wall at Wachturm Erna-Berger-Straße

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Berlin Wall in Niederkirchnerstraße

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Berlin Wall at Schillingbrücke

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Berlin Wall at East Side Gallery

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Berlin Wall in Schlesischer Busch

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Berlin Wall in Rudower Straße

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