The Berlin Wall was a physical manifestation of the Cold War; a huge barrier separating East and West Germany. It stood for 28 years and many say its fall was the most significant event of 1989, signifying the end of communism.
The Free Berlin Wall Tour explores the history of the wall and its impact on Germany through first-hand accounts, photographs and video footage. The tour begins at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Friedrichshain, an area on the east side of Berlin that bears witness to its history every day.
It's a fascinating place to start because it's a symbol of where walls crumble, proving that even seemingly insurmountable ones can be dismantled with determination.
Berlin's Palace of Tears is also not to be missed.
The Palace of Tears is a beautiful and emotionally powerful memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. It was built in 1925 as a memorial to the victims and their families. It has become a point of interest for tourists who want to learn about the history of this tragic event.
The Nordbahnhof ghost station is another place to stop and discover its history.
Nordbahnhof is a former railway station that was built in the 1920s and abandoned in 1998. It has been used as one of Berlin's most popular locations for film shoots and photo shoots over the years. Nordbahnhof offers photographers an amazing opportunity to take pictures that explore the industrial history of the area, its raw and rough beauty and the charm of old Berlin.
Of course the Bernauer Strasse Memorial will also be a must-see.
The Bernauer Strasse Memorial is a monument commemorating the death of those who were killed during the division of Berlin.
The memorial was built by journalist and artist Hubertus Knabe, and was unveiled in November 1989. The idea came to him after he saw a report about a man who was shot by East German border guards in Bernauer Strasse.
The Museum of Wall Documentation and the Church of Reconciliation are other must-sees on a good Berlin Wall tour, as is the East Side Gallery, the best-preserved section of the Wall.
If you don't want to miss any detail of this fragment of history, there's nothing better than a professional guide on a free tour like the ones we offer at GuruWalk.
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