Berlin Wall Memorial picture
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Bernauer Straße 119, 13355

Price & Hours

Free

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Monuments and Memorials, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.6

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Located in the center of Berlin, the Berlin Wall Memorial stretches for a little less a mile along what was once the border that divided the city in two. Upon arriving at the memorial, you can stop into the visitor center to watch a short film on the history of the Berlin Wall, as well as explore a handful of other exhibits. There is also a bookstore on-site. 

Once you are finished in the visitor center, head across the street to see preserved remnants of the border strip. In addition to part of the Berlin Wall itself, you will find the Chapel of Reconciliation, a rebuilt structure that serves as a place of remembrance for the lives that were lost. Though admission into the memorial is free, guided tours cost between 2.50 euros and 5 euros per person (or around $2.80 to $5.65). Many recent guests recommended taking the guided tour to fully grasp the historical significance of the memorial. The visitor center is open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Monday) and the memorial itself is open between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day. For more information, visit the official website.

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Inspired by the Acropolis entrance in Athens, the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) is one of the most-photographed sites in Berlin. Located in Pariser Platz, one of the city's most famous squares, the Brandenburg Gate was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II starting in 1788. 

Since then, it's been the backdrop of much of the city's history, including Napoleonic invasions and Nazi parades. During the Cold War, the structure sat in "no man's land" between East and West Berlin. Visitors to the monument say it's now a must-see symbol that represents Germany unity.  

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