Aerial view of the bank of the Spree
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.
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About the photos
In these aerial photos from 2005, the outer wall, built on the border to West Berlin, is marked in red, and the inner wall behind it in blue. The political border that was crucial to fugitives is shown in yellow wherever it deviates from the location of the outer wall.
Graphic: d17 Corporate Media Design