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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 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

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

Holo­caust Me­mo­rial

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

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

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 of the SS and the Third Re­ich’s most im­por­tant of­fices, this per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion re­counts the tragic his­tory of Nazi forced la­bor, fo­cus­ing on the cen­tral in­sti­tu­tions of the SS and Third Re­ich po­lice and the crimes they com­mit­ted through­out Europe. A pre­served seg­ment of the Ber­lin Wall runs along the ex­hi­bi­tion grounds. Open daily 10am– 8pm. € free. www.to­pogra­phie.de. Niederkirch­n­er­str. 8. T: 030.2545090. U Kochstraße, Pots­damer Platz. E4

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