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Places of Interest in Berlin

East Side Gallery
The Berlin Wall was once a popular target for graffiti sprayers on the west side during the time of division. Later, famous artists have also immortalized themselves on the east side of the longest remaining section of the wall at Mühlenstrasse. This largest open-air gallery in the world was opened on September 28, 1990, between Ostbahnhof (Eastern Railway Station) and the Oberbaum Bridge.

Muehlenstrasse 1
10243 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 2517159
Fax: +49 30 25299831


Marienfelde Refugee Center Memorial
The historical site of a former refugee center documents the movement of refugees from East Germany to the West. Approximately four million people left the GDR between 1949 and 1990 towards the Federal Republic of Germany; 1.35 million of them passed through the refugee center in Berlin-Marienfelde, founded in 1953. Here they were accommodated and provided with food as they went through the necessary procedures to receive a residence permit for the Federal Republic. An exhibition reminds visitors of the cases, process and consequences of the refugee exodus. It answers questions why individuals decided to leave the GDR, how they crossed the highly protected border and how they were received in the "Golden West".

Erinnerungsstaette Notaufnahmelager Marienfelde
Stiftung Berliner Mauer
Marienfelder Allee 66/80
12277 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 75008400
Fax: +49 30 75446634


Bernauer Straße Memorial
The street Bernauer Straße is a place full of events from the time of the wall's construction to the division of Berlin. On the east side of the street, houses were initially walled up, then an entire block was torn down in order to make room for subsequent strips of death in the no-man's-land. Pictures originating from Bernauer Straße were shown around the world. Numerous escape tunnels were dug here during the division. All this is demonstrated at the memorial by means of texts and historical pictures. In addition, visitors can watch films on the construction of the Wall, on the division and on the Fall of the Wall in 1989. Multimedia stations give an in-depth view into the history of the Berlin Wall.

Gedenkstaette Berliner Mauer
Bernauer Strasse 111
13355 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 4641030
Fax: +49 30 46069740


Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie was the former border crossing point between East and West Berlin after the construction of the Wall in 1961 where a sign "You are leaving the American Sector" marked the entrance to the eastern part of Berlin occupied by the Russians. This was the only border crossing point for the Allies, foreigners, employees of the Permanent Representation and officials of the GDR during the years 1961 to 1990. The border sign and a soldier's post are still in place, today. Together with the museum "Haus am Checkpoint Charlie", they tell the history of the Berlin Wall.

Friedrichstrasse at Zimmerstrasse
10969 Berlin