Berlin Wall

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The Berlin Wall was not only a symbol of the division of a city and a country, but the entire world. Europe, still scarred by the appalling tragedy of the Second World War, became the scene of a new, terrible conflict which, though it wasn’t fought with weapons, caused deep lacerations. The Cold War between the two superpowers of the time, the United States and the Soviet Union, divided the world into two blocs: the pro-American West and the pro-Soviet East. Germany was in the middle and Berlin paid the highest price.

The construction of the Berlin Wall, which started on August 13, 1961, was decreed by the government of East Germany to stop the citizens of the GDR leaving towards the more prosperous West. As the West didn’t want to enter into negotiations that might put themselves in a weak position, the division of the city was sealed.

The Wall, which was made of concrete blocks and barbed wire, divided the city of Berlin into two. The wall ran through 192 streets and several houses. In total, it was 166km long, 4 metres in height and secured with a “death strip” of 500 metres: at least 133 people were killed by the border police of the GDR while trying to cross the Wall.

At the end of the 80s the situation relaxed a little and on November 9, 1989 the East German government announced that visits to West Berlin would be permitted. The joy erupted from both sides: in that historic night of celebration, many citizens from both sides of Berlin jumped over the wall, launching its metaphorical destruction. The reunification of the country was made official on October 3, 1990.

Since the eighties, several famous artists such as Keith Haring began to paint the West side of the Wall, and their example was followed, after the collapse of the Wall, by thousands of artists and writers. You can still admire this particular form of street art in the famous East Side Gallery, the largest open-air art gallery in the world. Other parts of the Wall can be visited in different areas of the city, including Potsdamer Platz, Bernauer Strasse, and the cemetery of Invalidenfriedhof.

The history of this symbol of Berlin is documented in the museum dedicated to the Wall at Checkpoint Charlie, the famous border between the American and the Soviet zone of the city.

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DDR Museum  entrance ticket
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DDR Museum entrance ticket

Buy your ticket for the DDR Museum to experience everyday life in the German Democratic Republic.

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The Wall Museum at the East Side Gallery tickets
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The Wall Museum at the East Side Gallery tickets

Book your tickets for The Wall Museum and discover Berlin's unique audiovisual exhibition about the history of the Wall from 1961 to 1989.

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Hitler’s Germany guided tour of Berlin
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Hitler’s Germany guided tour of Berlin

Visit the historic sites in Berlin related to the darkest chapter of German history and learn all about the rise to power and end of the Nazi regime.

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Berlin WelcomeCard: free public transport and museum discounts
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Berlin WelcomeCard: free public transport and museum discounts

Reserve your Berlin WelcomeCard comfortably in advance and get priority access and discounts to the main tourist attractions in Berlin.

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Guided 120 -minute Hot rod tour of Berlin
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Guided 120 -minute Hot rod tour of Berlin

Book the Hotrod tour through Berlin and discover the sights of the city in this cool vehicle.

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80-minute hotrod tour through Berlin
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80-minute hotrod tour through Berlin

Book the Hotrod tour through Berlin and discover the sights of the city in this cool vehicle. The looks of passers-by are guaranteed.

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Berlin WelcomeCard with entrance to the Museum Island
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Berlin WelcomeCard with entrance to the Museum Island

Enjoy a comfortable entrance to Museum Island, discounts for top attractions and unlimited travel for 72 hours with the Berlin WelcomeCard. It's your key to Berlin!

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Berlin Wall and the Cold War private tour of East Berlin
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Berlin Wall and the Cold War private tour of East Berlin

Discover the Berlin of yore. A guided tour of East Berlin monuments and sites from the Cold War era. Immerse yourself in German history with a tour that revives the past.

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Berlin self-guided audio tour
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Berlin self-guided audio tour

Explore Berlin at your own pace! Enjoy an app containing over 130 points of interest, famous transport routes, sightseeing itineraries and walking tours.

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Secrets of the Berlin Wall a self-guided audio walking tour
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Secrets of the Berlin Wall a self-guided audio walking tour

Learn about the media and espionage during the Cold War, commemorate the victims of the Berlin Wall and discover the reality of people's lives during the war.

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Berlin highlights 3-hour guided walking tour
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Berlin highlights 3-hour guided walking tour

Visit all the main sites in Berlin and get to learn many interesting facts about the historic backgrounds on an unforgettable, insightful and intriguing tour.

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Berlin Hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus for 24 or 48-hours
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Berlin Hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus for 24 or 48-hours

Discover Berlin for 24 or 48-hours with a hop-on hop-off bus. Get on and off the bus as much as you like to explore the city.

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Reviews Berlin Wall

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Sunghee, 17 Dec 2015

“It was very useful for me to travel whole Berlin.”

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Marianna, 09 Jan 2015

“Bellissima visita per imparare di più sulla storia della città e i monumenti più famosi. L'acquisto è stato semplice e veloce. Consiglio questo tour”

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Harrison, 09 Jan 2015

“Everything went as planned. Great tour for historygeeks”

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Silke, 30 Sept 2022
Berlin