Living with the former border

Even though it has largely disappeared from the cityscape, the Wall remains one of Berlin's most exciting themes. This always proves the interest of the visitors anew. One of the attractions of the Wall's history is the East Side Gallery, at 1316 metres the longest open-air gallery in the world. In 1990, the section of the so-called Hinterland Wall was designed by artists and has since been regarded as a symbol for the peaceful overcoming of borders. The Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse is the central memorial to the division of Germany. Reconstructed border fortifications and a documentation centre with an observation tower convey an oppressive image of the divided city. Contemporary witnesses to the Berlin Wall years until 1989 can now mostly only reconstruct what it looked like on the basis of historical photographs - that's how much the city has changed its face.