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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...

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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

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

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

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Tickets to ASISI PANORAMA BERLIN with the exhibition THE WALL

Marvel at impressive 360-degree art work at the newest ASISI PANORAMA BERLIN that evokes every day life scenes around the Berlin Wall during the 80s.

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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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Historic landmarks and highlights tour

Explore Berlin on a guided tour visiting the key landmarks, sites and memorials of the city in less than 5km. See the best of the city in just 2 hours.

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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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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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120-minute hotrod tour of Berlin
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120-minute hotrod tour of Berlin

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

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Guided tour of East Berlin
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Guided tour of East Berlin

Book your guided tour of East Berlin and hear about the fascinating and dramatic history of the Wall. See the East Side Gallery, the Alexanderplatz and much more.

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Discover the history of the cult car of East Germany in the Berlin Trabi Museum at Checkpoint Charlie! See rare examples like a rally Trabi and more!

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The inside story

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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