Berlin Wall

Do you have the courage to cross the zone, crossing which was considered impossible a decade or so back? Officially demolished on 9 November 1989, the Berlin wall was infamous for being one of the most impenetrable barriers that divided the erstwhile divided East Germany and West Germany.

Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

The German Democratic Republic (GDR) had begun construction of this wall from the 13 August 1961. It consisted of huge concrete wall, interspersed with watchtowers, which separated the two countries. The wall was constructed to prevent citizens of East Germany from venturing into West Germany and vice versa.

If the walls could talk, they would tell a tale about the thousands of brave souls who died in an attempt to cross it. Though a significant amount the wall was ground up while it was being demolished, pieces of the same can be found with private collectors and in museums and the lobbies of hotels.

Berlin wall, Eastside Gallery

Berlin wall, Eastside Gallery

Those who have not seen the wall while it still stood might check out a replica of the same that has been built by a private museum. This 20 meters long replica is located close to Checkpoint Charlie. However, it has not been built on the same location as that of the original wall. Try your luck and see if you can purchase a piece of the original wall from any antique store.

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