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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.

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 his­tor­i­cal pe­ri­ods. Open Tue–Sun 9:30am–7pm (un­til 6pm Nov– Mar). € free. www.ber­liner-mauerge­denkstaette.de. Ber­nauer Str. 111. T: 030.467986666. U Ber­nauer Straße. E2

Check­point Char­lie

Dur­ing the Cold War, Check­point Char­lie was the main gate­way be­tween East and West. Shortly af­ter the Wall went up, US and USSR tanks faced each other on this spot. To­day, this Cold War sym­bol is mainly the back­drop for tourist pho­to­graphs. U Kochstraße, U Stadt­mitte. E3/E4

East Side Gallery

E3/E4 While West Ber­lin­ers loved to ex­press their cre­ativ­ity by drawing graf­fiti and paint­ing on the Wall, East Ber­lin­ers were never al­lowed to use the di­vid­ing struc­ture as their can­vas. To make up for all the art­less years, artists from 21 coun­tries were called upon in 1990 to dec­o­rate one mile of the eastern seg­ment of the Ber­lin Wall with their work, cre­at­ing what is now known as the East Side Gallery. Müh­len­str. S+U Warschauer Straße, S Ost­bahn­hof. G4

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