Visiting Berlin — Key locations for who's interested in GDR era things, Part 4

Visiting Berlin — Key locations for who's interested in GDR era things, Part 4

The last post about visiting Berlin was about the horrors in The Stasi Museum and Hohenschönhausen and the cool place Alexanderplatz is. The second post about visiting Berlin was about the Berliner Mauer Gedenkstätte, the bit more touristy Fernsehturm, the lesser known GDR museum and to chill out at the Hackescher Hofe. Our first post about visiting Berlin was about Flughafen Tempelhof, the Siegessäule, of course the Brandenburger Tor and Checkpoint Charlie. Plus a little tip, to watch The Weissensee Saga before you go. 

In this last post about Berlin we're staying outside! 

East side gallery

This part of the Berlin Wall is the best known and longest part (1316 meters). It is also the longest open-air gallery in the world.

Address: Mühlenstraße, 10243 Berlin

The East side gallery, Berlin

Treptower park

The park of 88.2 hectares was laid out by Gustav Meyer between 1876 and 1888. In the middle of the park, a games and sports square, 250 m long and 100 m wide, was also created. Later, a rose garden fountain was also constructed. The Soviet Memorial was built between 1946 and 1949, and is dominated by the statue of the Soldier Liberator. It was built in memory of 20,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in the battle of Berlin. The Spree banks in the park are known for cafes and bars. 

Address: Alt-Treptow, 12435 Berlin

Russisches Ehrendenkmal, Berlin, Germany, picture by Yannes Kiefer

Neighborhood Kreuzberg

Kreuzberg is located in the east of the city, but belonged to West Berlin. During the division, the neighborhood was difficult to reach and enclosed on three sides by the Wall. The ideal biotope for anyone who wanted to keep their distance from the mainstream. Artists found a studio there and Turkish immigrants were attracted by the low rents.

After the fall of the Wall, the neighborhood has remained a mix of alternative scene and immigrant culture. Fascism and capitalism are still being fought as hard as they were before reunification.

Berlin, picture by Tiago Aleixo

And last but not least: Berlin in sixty minutes!

This is not a real 'sight', but it is very nice: a round of the Ringbahn. Why? Because it's so mundane. Because you see Berlin from its best and worst side. Because it's a mini-journey through history. A round with the S42 on the Ringbahn, in a counterclockwise direction, in exactly sixty minutes.

Neukölln, Südring, picture by Niclas Dehmel

Hopefully we have surprised you with some places to visit which you didn't know before. Have fun traveling to Berlin!

Of course please send us a message when you find something interesting to share!

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We love old posters and little items from forgotten times. Or think about a children's book from fifty or sixty years ago. It's fun to look at and to imagine what people were doing and thinking back then.

That's why: we see the beauty in every object and art is everywhere to be discovered.

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