The Berlin Wall memorial remembers the violent destruction of everyday life through the construction of the Berlin Wall which has left its mark on Bernauer Strasse to this day. Between Brunnenstrasse and Gartenstraße, the former death strip was not overbuilt and has been preserved in full width. The road that marked the border between Wedding (West) and Mitte (East) was the scene of tragic fates. People from the sealed-off East Berlin rushed out of the windows of their homes to enter the free West.
Place of Reflection
37 years after the beginning of the construction of the Wall, on August 13, 1998, the city inaugurated the Berlin Wall Memorial on the corner of Ackerstraße. The memorial consciously dispenses with dramatic effects, but wants to be a place of reflection. An 80 meter long piece of borderland was fenced by two six-meter-high steel walls. View slits in these walls provide a view of the death strip. The Wall Memorial includes a Documentation Center and the Chapel of Reconciliation, which was built at the point where the GDR had a church blasted in 1985 for reasons of border security.
In 2009, the new visitor center on Bernauer Strasse was inaugurated. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 to 18 o’clock. Address: Visitor Center, Memorial of the Berlin Wall, Bernauer Straße 119
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