The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall was built by the government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1961. The wall created a border between East and West Berlin. It was built under the pretext of protecting East Germany from what local government defined as fascist violence. The Berlin Wall turned into a drastic instrument of the GDR’s emigration and defence policy to prevent the Eastern German population from moving west. Despite the wall, many citizens were dissatisfied with the Socialist Union Party of Germany’s regime and continued to flee the border. This led to the wall being extended further. The result was a large scale frontier zone, where many GDR citizens lost their lives during their escape attempt to the West.
Soak up the history of the Berlin Wall
Berlin’s most famous landmark the Brandenburg Gate was a long time symbol of the cold war and board between East and West Berlin. Now it is the symbol of the German reunion.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the surrounding area was turned into a cult site, which is renowned far beyond Germany’s borders. The Berlin Wall Memorial, located on Bernauer Street, gives an impression of how the border facilities were at the end of the 1980s. The large outdoor exhibition and the Berlin Wall Documentation Centre provide a history of the wall and both attractions are a must for every visitor to the city.
One of the most famous wall sections runs parallel to Mühlenstraße. This 1.3km stretch is also known as the East Side Gallery containing over 100 paintings. It is the longest permanent open-air gallery in the world. Guided tours are available along the border zone for groups of 10 or more people. Find out about the history of the Berlin Wall and admire the wall painted by 118 artists from 21 countries between Berlin’s Ostbahnhof and Oberbaumbrücke.
The Wall Museum located in the house at Checkpoint Charlie illustrates documentation on escape attempts, additives and border security systems of the Berlin Wall.
Accommodation near the Berlin Wall
When choosing a city hotel in Berlin, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin is only a stone’s throw away from the Berlin Wall, museums, galleries and other cultural highlights. Spent the night in the historical centre near many famous sights and enjoy relaxing accommodation at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin.