Berlin Wall MemorialR5 When the Berlin Wall was built, the U-Bahn and S-Bahn networks were divided. The trains that drove through East Berlin rolled slowly through empty stations watched over by GDR guards. Collection director Manfred Wichmann takes visitors through the exhibition at Nordbahnhof station, relates escape attempts through the train tunnels and highlights the absurdity of the underground division of the city.
Berlin Wall MemorialR5 25 years after the Fall of the Wall, the Wall has almost completely disappeared from the city. On Bernauer Straße, however, a considerable portion of the border complex has been retained. Join curator Susanne Muhle on a search for traces at the former border zone and discover Wall relics and evidence of the living quarters destroyed by the Wall construction, buried under the ground.
Berlin Wall MemorialR5 Following the construction of the Berlin Wall in August 1961, the Versöhnungskirche (Church of Reconciliation) was inaccessible, as it was within the death zone on Bernauer Straße. In 1985 the GDR government had it demolished. After Reunification, the Kapelle der Versöhnung (Chapel of Reconciliation) was constructed on the site. The priest Thomas Jeutner and the chairman of the church's advisory board, Rainer Just, provide insights into the history of the parish, reflecting the division of Berlin, Germany and Europe.
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Berlin Wall MemorialR5 Bernauer Straße was one of the focal points of the East-West division. Communal areas and living space were destroyed here, families and friends separated. In this street, dramatic escape attempts succeeded or failed, pictures of which circulated around the world. The acting director of the foundation, Maria Nooke, guides visitors around the sites of escape tunnels dug from East to West Berlin between 1962 and 1971.
Berlin Wall MemorialR5 The Chapel, constructed with a packed earth technique, is exceptional not only in architectural terms: it was built on the former border zone of the Berlin Wall, on the site of the former Church of Reconciliation, before this was demolished under orders from the GDR government in 1985. The priest Thomas Jeutner and the chairman of the church's advisory board, Rainer Just, provide insights into the unique construction history of the chapel.
Berlin Wall MemorialR5 Our Berlin Wall Foundation staff provide exciting insights and background information on the history of the Berlin Wall during an exclusive guided tour. Why was it built? What impact did it have on everyday life in the divided city? And why did it fall in 1989? The guides also offer a look behind the scenes and covers the concept of the new permanent exhibition in our Documentation Centre.