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
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