Less than 30 years ago the Berlin Wall stood as a symbol of oppression and imprisonment not only in Berlin, but for the world over. More than 150km of fortified concrete separated east from west; freedom from oppression; liberty from tyranny.
Now, however, after all these years, and with very little of the original Berlin Wall still remaining in the city, it has become arguably Berlin’s most popular tourist attraction.
Where do you begin, though, with something so vast, politically, historically and, of course, literally?
We have broken the Berlin Wall down into 5 straight-forward and easy to follow recommendations to ensure you experience the wall as intimately and as completely as possible. Staring with the East Side Gallery
This 1.3km long mural against oppression stands tall as a shining example to progress, decorated in over 100 original art-works, personally painted first shortly after the wall fell, then redone again 20 years later to freshen up the images.
The Berlin Wall Memorial is another top suggestion, chronicling life behind the wall and documenting dozens of intrepid escape attempts. Also witness the only remaining section of original wall with the preserved grounds behind it, exactly as they would have been during the GDR. Giving visitors a unique look at living during the Wall era, the Berlin Wall Memorial comes highly recommended, especially for those on short trips.
If your visiting for longer and are looking for more of our suggestions, you can read the full The Berlin Wall – The 5 Best Ways to Experience the Legacy article at the Oh-Berlin blog.