Berlin, November 9, 1989: a historic date, which officially marks the fall of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the Cold War, erected in 1961 to prevent the free movement of people and separate the western part of the city, controlled by US, French and British forces, from the eastern part, in Soviet hands.
A trip to the beautiful and eclectic city of Berlin cannot therefore be separated from a visit to this important monument of modern history. There isn't much left of the Wall today, which was officially demolished on June 3, 1990.
Of the original 161 kilometers, three long stretches remain standing, of which the most famous and visited part is undoubtedly the famous East Side Gallery, a real open-air art gallery 1,3 km long in which the remains of the wall have been covered over the years with various graffiti.
So let's see one guide to visit the Berlin Wall.
- Where is it and how to get there
- Hours and prices
- Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Where is it and how to get there
Parts of the Wall still standing are scattered across the city, however the most interesting sections are undoubtedly the East Side Gallery, and the section around Bernauer Straße, where the Berlin Wall Documentation Center stands today and is the part that most of all has retained the original appearance of the Wall.
- On foot: about half an hour to reach the East Side Gallery from Alexanderplatz - Get directions
- By bus: for the East Side Gallery lines 248, 165, 265. From here, lines S1, S2, S25 and get off at Nordbahnhof station to reach Bernauer Straße, in about 7 minutes
- By metro: to reach the East Side Gallery, the nearest metro stops are Ostbanhof or Warschauer Strasse
Hours and prices
No tickets are required to visit the parts of Muro still standing, Instead, we indicate the entrance times to visit the Memorial and Documentation Center of the Berlin Wall, located in Bernauer Straße.
- Wall always open. Memorial and Documentation Center Tuesday to Sunday 10 am-00pm
- Guided tours: € 3,50, with the possibility of educational activities for children
Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- Bike tour along the wall: from € 29,00 - book online
- Walking tour on the Cold War and the Third Reich: from € 19,00 - book online
- Guided walking tour of the Berlin Wall: from € 17,00 - book online
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: sections of Muro such as the East Side Gallery attract many visitors every day, our advice is to reach this part of Muro early in the morning.
- Take your time: if you want to do the entire route of the Wall, you will need a lot of time. Our advice is to move early to dedicate at least one day to the visit.
- Take a bike tour: to visit more parts of the Berlin Wall and move faster, our advice is to choose a bike tour of the Berlin Wall, with a guide or independently by renting one.
- Don't forget the Berlin Welcom Card: can be purchased at the Tourist Office or online (from € 19,90, book online here), and includes the use of the entire city public transport network (zone AB or ABC).
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
The Berlin Wall was built by the German Democratic Republic starting on August 13, 1961, and was more than 160 kilometers long. In June 1962 a second parallel wall was built about 100 meters further away, in the territory of East Germany.
There isn't much left of the Berlin Wall today, and many pieces have been damaged over the years. The parts that can still be visited today are the long stretch in the so-called Topography of Terror, halfway between Checkpoint Charlie and Potsdamer Platz; the famous East Side Gallery, along the Spree river, near the Oberbaumbrücke bridge; finally, a partially reconstructed section north of Bernauer Straße, transformed into a memorial in 1999.
Other isolated fragments, checkpoints such as the famous Checkpoint Charlie and a couple of watchtowers can still be seen today in various parts of the city.
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