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Asisi’s Wall Panorama

Artist Yade­gar Asisi cre­ated a panorama of di­vided Ber­lin pre­sent­ing ev­ery­day life against the back­drop of the Ber­lin Wall on an imag­i­nary day in the 1980s. His aim was to show how the pop­u­la­tion came to terms with the sit­u­a­tion and the cir­cum­stances, and the re­sult gives on­look­ers a very in­ter­est­ing glimpse of GDR life. Open daily 10am–7pm. €10/4. www.asisi.de. Friedrich­str. 205. T: 0341.3555340. U Kochstraße.

E3/E4

Ber­lin Wall Doc­u­men­ta­tion Cen­ter

MUST SEE Walk along one of the few sur­viv­ing stretches of the Ber­lin Wall, then have all your ques­tions an­swered at the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre, of­fer­ing de­tailed ex­pla­na­tions on the Wall’s his­tory and pol­i­tics. Doc­u­ments, pho­to­graphs, and orig­i­nal ra­dio broad­casts from the East and the West doc­u­ment one of Ger­many’s sad­dest MUST SEE Ber­lin’s trib­ute to the vic­tims of the Shoah is as big as a soc­cer field and con­sists of 2711 tomb­stone-like slabs of equal size and vary­ing heights placed on an un­even ground to con­vey a sense of claus­tro­pho­bia and dis­ori­en­ta­tion. The un­der­ground in­for­ma­tion cen­tre pro­vides a timeline of Jewish per­se­cu­tion. Ac­ces­si­ble 24 hours a day. € free. www.holo­caust-mah­n­mal.de. Cora-Ber­liner Straße. T: 030.2639430. U Bran­den­burger Tor. E3

Karl-Marx-Allee

Ber­lin’s best ex­am­ple of GDR- era neo-re­al­ist ar­chi­tec­ture. Built be­tween 1950 and 1960, the 90-m-wide boule­vard was meant to pro­vide hous­ing for thou­sands of peo­ple and a back­drop for mil­i­tary pa­rades, and quickly be­came a source of na­tional pride for the GDR. The res­i­den­tial tower blocks were in­spired by Moscow and by Stalin’s ideal style, na­tion­al­is­tic in form but so­cial­ist in con­tent. The boule­vard is an im­por­tant ar­chi­tec­tural show­case. Karl- Marx-Allee. U We­ber­wiese, Straus­berger Platz. F3/G3

KPM Ber­lin

Once upon a time in Ber­lin, a Ger­man king bought a lo­cal porce­lain fac­tory, and Königliche Porzel­lanMan­u­fak­tur was born. To­day known as KPM Ber­lin for short, the com­pany still makes ex­quis­ite, worl­drenowned porce­lain table­ware and dec­o­ra­tive goods. At its Tier­garten head­quar­ters, the old­est still- run­ning man­u­fac­tory in the city, vis­i­tors can take a tour, take a break in the café, and – of course – shop for beau­ti­ful hand- painted porce­lain. www.kpm- ber­lin.com. Wegelystr. 1. T: 030.390090. S Tier­garten. C3

Mauer Mu­seum (Haus am Check­point Char­lie)

This pri­vately-run ex­hibit ex­plores the means and tools used by East Ger­mans to es­cape the GDR un­til 1989: Tra­bant cars with hid­den doors, hot air bal­loons, tun­nels, and chair­lifts were just some of the crafty in­ven­tions de­vised by GDR res­i­dents. Open Mon–Sun 9am–10pm. €12.50/6.50. www.mauer­mu­seum.de. Friedrich­str. 43- 45. T: 030.2537250. U Kochstraße. E3/E4

Sach­sen­hausen Con­cen­tra­tion Camp

Built by pris­on­ers as a model con­cen­tra­tion camp in 1936, Sach­sen­hausen’s first in­mates were mainly po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers, whereas Jews, gyp­sies, ho­mo­sex­u­als, and peo­ple con­sid­ered “in­fe­rior” were brought here a few years later. The iron gate bears the in­fa­mous “Ar­beit macht frei” sign, and the bar­racks host a num­ber of ex­hi­bi­tions about ex­ter­mi­na­tion meth­ods, daily life of pris­on­ers and the med­i­cal ex­per­i­ments per­formed on them. Open 8:30am– 6pm (un­til 4:30pm midOct– mid- March). Mu­se­ums and ex­hi­bi­tions closed on Mon­days. € free. Guided tours avail­able. www.stiftung- bg.de. Straße der Na­tio­nen 22, Oranien­burg. T: 03301.200200. S Oranien­burg or RE Oranien­burg train from Haupt­bahn­hof. Off Map

Stasi Pri­son

MUST SEE Be­tween 1945 and 1989, more than 20,000 peo­ple sus­pected of op­pos­ing the GDR’s po­lit­i­cal sys­tem were ar­rested by the Stasi and brought to this cus­tody build­ing. In its first and dark­est years, the pri­son’s cel­lars, known as “the sub­ma­rine,” were used to in­flict psy­cho­log­i­cal tor­ture on the in­mates, while the rel­a­tively more hu­mane cells are on the up­per floors, next to a seem­ingly never- end­ing cor­ri­dor filled with in­ter­ro­ga­tion rooms. Tours in English on Wed, Sat, and Sun at 2:30pm. € 5/2.50. en.stiftung- hsh.de. Gensler­str. 66. T: 030.98608230. S Landsberger Allee, then Tram M5 to Freien­walder Strasse, then 10-minute walk. Off Map

To­pogra­phie des Ter­rors

MUST SEE

On the site of the for­mer head­quar­ters

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