Berlin Wall Memorial#4 in Best Things To Do in Berlin
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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#1 Topography of Terror
The Topography of Terror (Topographie des Terrors) museum sits on the site of the Gestapo and SS Police's former headquarters during World War II. By walking the grounds and touring the documentation center, travelers can learn about the atrocities committed by those German officers that once worked at this very site.
Other interesting exhibits that detail Berlin between 1933 and 1945 are found on the grounds, including excavated portions of the old building. For a more in-depth look at the museum, you can take the free English-speaking tour, which is offered Sundays at 3:30 p.m. (Most exhibits are listed in German and English.) You'll want to sign up at the reception desk 30 minutes before the tour starts.
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