Other key sites

Frühling am Brandenburger Tor

Traces of Berlin’s division are visible today not only at the former crossing points and memorials. Sections of the Berlin Wall have been preserved on the grounds of the foundation Topography of Terror, for instance, and at the East Side Gallery on Mühlenstrasse, famous all over the world, where a long section of the former inner wall was painted by artists after the Wall had fallen.

Other places in Berlin, such as Brandenburg Gate or Potsdamer Platz, show less evidence of the city’s division than one might expect. Here the city was more interested in effecting visible reunification of its two halves by reconstructing Pariser Platz and laying out a modern business and shopping district at Potsdamer Platz.

Erhaltene Hinterlandsicherungsmauer im Mauerpark

Mauerpark (Wall park)

The section of the former border strip running from Behmstrasse to Bernauer Strasse has been remade into a park. Mauerpark (Wall park)

Brandenburger Tor

Pariser Platz and Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s main landmark and former gate to the city, was located right behind the border inside the Soviet sector during the years of division. Pariser Platz was part of the border strip and thus inaccessible to the public. Pariser Platz and Brandenburg Gate

Potsdamer Platz und Großer Tiergarten

Potsdamer Platz and Leipziger Platz

Around 1930, Potsdamer Platz was known as Europe’s busiest intersection and was surrounded by hotels, restaurants, and stores. After Berlin was occupied by the Second World War’s victorious powers, the British, American, and Soviet sectors came together at the ruins of Potsdamer Platz. Potsdamer Platz and Leipziger Platz

Topographie des Terrors

Topography of Terror

From 1933 to 1945, the headquarters of the Gestapo, the Gestapo “house prison,” and, after 1939, the Reich Security Main Office, as well as the SS High Command and the Security Service of the SS High Command, were located on the grounds of what is now the Topography of Terror documentation center. Topography of Terror


Schlesisches Tor

At Schlesischer Busch the GDR’s border fortifications ran parallel to the Flutgraben (flood channel). The walls, floodlights, and border patrol road have been removed and built over. One watchtower was preserved and now stands as a reminder of the city’s division. Schlesisches Tor