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5 historical facts about the Berlin Wall

For 28 years the Berlin Wall symbolized an ideological stalemate and its fall was swiftly followed by that of the Soviet Union. It's shaped the contemporary life of a city and the attitudes of its residents, so here are some things to know before your trip.

It was built in 1961 to cut off access to West Berlin

It was built in 1961 to cut off access to West Berlin

Berlin was the main route for the 3.5 million East Germans emigrating to the West prior to 1961. The 155km wall was intended to stifle a hemorrhaging workforce!

The wall couldn't stop emigration...

The wall couldn't stop emigration...

An estimated 100,000 still escaped East Germany after the wall went up. In the first two years, 1,300 of them were border guards!

...But it could slow it down!

...But it could slow it down!

Crossing wasn't easy, of course. At least 98 people were killed as a result of trying to sneak through, although some counts put the death toll well above 200!

There were plenty of imaginative escapes

There were plenty of imaginative escapes

East Berliners devised many daring ways of entering the West, from tightropes, zip-lines, and hot air balloons to crashing through in a speeding train!

It was torn down in 1989

It was torn down in 1989

Misinformation about relaxed regulations spread across East German news, driving citizens to gather at the wall hoping to cross. Outnumbered, the border guards eventually gave way!

Our insider tips

Where is it now?

Most of the wall has been demolished, but tourists can still visit preserved segments, such as the Eastside Gallery (so-called for its large graffiti murals running along the Spree River's east bank between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain). A notable section is also visible at the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse. City tours should cover most of the sites, including Checkpoint Charlie – the famous American checkpoint on Friedrichstrasse.

When to visit?

Berlin is a true summer city and there are few better ways to spend a sun-soaked visit than to tour its sights by foot or by bike! If your visit has been cursed by cold or rainy weather, however, visit the segment at the Berlin Wall Memorial. It can be viewed from the top floor of its Visitors' Center, which also provides fascinating insights into life behind the wall.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Outdoor areas are always open, but the Visitors' Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    The open areas and Visitors' Center are free to visit, but the Center does accept donations.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A tour is definitely worth it! Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Depending on the exhibit you wish to see, directions will vary, but the wall is easily reachable!
  • Additional information
    ** Remember to remain respectful during your visit. | Check the weather! Berlin can get windy quickly so plan ahead.*

What people are saying about Berlin Wall

Absolutely superb. Gregor was one of the best tour leaders we have had

Fascinating tour of Berlin. Brought the city to live. So many interesting facts and made us think

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Susan, 05/13/2019

Just walk straight into the museum! No waiting in any queue

This was so easy! With the GYG voucher I didn't have to get in any queue for a ticket and just walked straight up to the entrance and they scanned my voucher and I walked in. Very relaxing and amazing musuem. Would highly recommend.

Highly recommended tour guide for historical and modern Berlin

My mom and I booked Berlin tour with Nadav on the weekend and he was absolutely amazing. Nadav was very responsive when we contacted him, was on time to pick us up. We saw everything you could possibly see in 3 hours - The Brandenburg Gate, The Reichstag, The Victory Column, Check Point Charlie, The Holocaust Memorial and more. Nadav has great knowledge of both past and modern 20th century Berlin history, specializing on Holocaust and the 2nd world war. Nadav answered all of our questions and pointed out sights along the way. He is local and does many tours and will customize for what you want. I highly recommend Nadav, you won't be disappointed!

Berlin Private Tour with Guide Reviewed by Sivan, 05/06/2019

Wonderful tour and our guide Linsey was very informative.

The tour group was very organised. Our guide Linsey was well spoken and very knowledgable on the history. I totally recommend this company.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Marion, 05/04/2019

Excellent tour with a very knowledgable and informative guide

A must tour for your first visit to Berlin. Rob M was a most impressive guide; will certainly book more tours on our next visit.

Berlin Free Walking Tour with Booking Fee Reviewed by Michael, 05/01/2019

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