Mikhail Gorbachev - USSR
Mikhail Gorbachev was instrumental in the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of the cold war.

Berlin wall built
"The Anti Fascist Protection Barrier".

the berlin wall
The Berlin wall was used as a canvas for many artists.

Things to do in Berlin

Things to do in Berlin

This page will give relevant tourist information and ideas for those looking to Visit Berlin and Germany in general to find out about the Cold War and the Berlin wall as well as other attractions.

The Berlin Wall Memorial

The Berlin wall memorial reminds us of the previous division in Germany during the period after the Second World War when the city was divided into two with the East governed by the Soviet Union and the West by Western government of France, Great Britain and The USA.

The memorial can be found in Bernauer Strasse and is a remaining piece of the Berlin Wall with a watchtower and border strip and shows how facilities were constructed and offers an impression of how the whole country was divided for so many years. There is a great view from the watchtower over the preserved parts of the border facilities and the memorial area.

Chapel of Reconciliation

The original church on this site which sat in the so called “Death Strip” in no man’s land was destroyed in 1985 and rebuilt after the fall of the wall and called “The Chapel of Reconciliation” to remember the victims of the wall.

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie was one of the most iconic symbols of the Cold war, one of the few places where Soviet and US forces actually stood toe to toe. It was the only checkpoint where allied forces and diplomats were allowed to pass through. The recreation of Checkpoint Charlie is one of the most visited tourist sites in Berlin, here you can have you photo taken with the recreated border crossing hut or with actors in military uniforms, you can also have your passport stamped as a novelty way to remember your trip or buy souvenirs form one of the many street vendors in the area.

The Berliner Fernsehtum (TV Tower)

The Berliner TV Tower is the tallest structure in Germany and construction started in 1965 and was completed in 1969 and was meant to be a symbol of socialist power in the city and an example of their technological skill. The Fernsehtum is one of the city’s most recognisable sights and more than 1 million visitors per year flock to its observation platform to enjoy a meal and the best view of the city.

Tempelhof Airport

Berlin’s Templehof Airport was built by the Nazi’s in 1927 and was used by Allied aircraft during the Berlin airlift to drop in food, fuel and other consumables, the airport was closed in 2008 but has since been transformed in to a city park. In 2010 the area was transformed into a city park which is frequented by rollerbladers and skateboarders, kite flyers, Frisbee throwers and bike riders making use of the open space. The indoor areas have also been re-commissioned and are used as a convention centre and indoor arena.

Stasi Museum

The former East Germany security force headquarters in Berlin where the Stasi ran their operations for over 40 years in now a museum.

Once the Berlin wall fell the compound was used as a research centre but in 2012 the first exhibition was opened where you can see the office of the man who was head of the Stasi for 30 years, Erich Mielke as well as other Cold War displays.

Hohenschonhausen Memorial

During its time as a prison many a political prisoner was kept here, if you opposed the GDR then this is where you would be taken. The canteen block was taken over by the Stasi in 1945 for use as a detainment camp for a couple of years, it closed and was reopened in 1951 and remained in use until 1989.

There is so much to see and do in Berlin and the whole of Germany whether you are interested in history or not. Whether you are interested in Art, Culture, Music or nightlife Berlin has got it all.