HIS­TORIC SITES

Where Berlin - - SIGHT­SEE­ING -

wrapped by artist Christo, and ren­o­vated by Lord Nor­man Fos­ter. Climb the glass cupola for a 360- de­gree view of the city, then gaze down at par­lia­ment in ses­sion. The ple­nary hall can be vis­ited only on guided tours. Cupola: Daily 8am– mid­night by ap­point­ment only. Free. Reg­is­ter on web­site; it is rec­om­mended to do so at least three days prior to your visit. Au­dio tours avail­able. www.bun­destag.de. Platz der Repub­lik 1. T: 030.22732152. U Bun­destag. D3/E3

Siegessäule ( Vic­tory Col­umn)

The tri­umphal col­umn on the Straße der 17. Juni, in the mid­dle of Tier­garten park, com­mem­o­rates vic­tory in the Prusso- Dan­ish war, while the an­gel on top was added after two fur­ther war vic­to­ries against Aus­tria and France. Daily 9:30am– 6:30pm (week­ends un­til 7pm); win­ter 10am– 5pm (week­ends un­til 5:30pm). € 3/2. Großer Stern 1. T: 030.3912961. U Hansaplatz. C3/D3

Asisi’s Wall Panorama

Yade­gar Asisi cre­ated a panorama of di­vided Ber­lin, pre­sent­ing ev­ery­day life against the back­drop of the Wall on an imag­i­nary day in the 1980s. The artist's aim was to show how the pop­u­la­tion came to terms with the sit­u­a­tion, and the re­sult gives on­look­ers a glimpse of East Ger­man life. Daily 10am– 6pm. €10/4. www.asisi.de. Friedrich­str. 205. T: 0341.3555340. U Kochstraße. E3/E4 MUST SEE Walk along one of the few sur­viv­ing stretches of the Ber­lin Wall in an area of the city where its im­pact was par­tic­u­larly dra­matic, then delve into its sto­ried his­tory at the doc­u­men­ta­tion cen­ter. Documents and orig­i­nal ra­dio broad­casts from both East and West chron­i­cle one of Ger­many’s sad­dest his­tor­i­cal pe­ri­ods. Grounds and open-air ex­hi­bi­tion: 8am-10pm daily; doc­u­men­ta­tion cen­ter: Tue–Sun 10am– 6pm. Free. www.berliner-mauer- gedenkstaette.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 Soviet tanks faced each other on this spot. To­day, the cross­ing point acts pri­mar­ily as a 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 a can­vas. To make up for all the art­less years, artists from 21 coun­tries were called upon in 1990 to dec­o­rate one mile of the Wall's eastern seg­ment with their work, creat­ing what is now known as the East Side Gallery. Müh­len­straße. S+U Warschauer Straße, S Ost­bahn­hof. G4 MUST SEE Ber­lin’s trib­ute to the vic­tims of the Holo­caust is as big as a soc­cer field and con­sists of 2711 tomb­stone-like slabs of equal size and vary­ing heights, placed on un­even ground to con­vey a sense of claus­tro­pho­bia and dis­ori­en­ta­tion. The un­der­ground in­for­ma­tion cen­ter pro­vides a time­line of Jewish per­se­cu­tion. Ac­ces­si­ble 24 hours a day. Free. www.holo­caustmah­n­mal.de. Cora- Berliner Straße. T: 030.2639430. U Bran­den­burger Tor. E3

Karl-Marx-Allee

Ber­lin’s best ex­am­ple of GDR- era Ne­o­re­al­ist ar­chi­tec­ture is a 90m- (295ft-) wide boule­vard built be­tween 1950 and 1960 to pro­vide hous­ing for thou­sands of res­i­dents and to act as a back­drop for military pa­rades. The street quickly be­came a source of na­tional pride for East Ger­many, due to its res­i­den­tial tower blocks in­spired by Moscow and by Stalin’s ideal style: na­tion­al­is­tic in form but so­cial­ist in con­tent. The boule­vard is an im­por­tant ar­chi­tec­tural show­case. U We­ber­wiese, Straus­berger Platz. F3/G3

Mauer Mu­seum (Haus am Check­point Char­lie)

This pri­vately run ex­hibit ex­plores the crafty in­ven­tions used by East Ger­mans to es­cape East Ger­many, in­clud­ing Tra­bant cars with hid­den doors, hot-air bal­loons, tun­nels, and chair­lifts. Mon–Sun 9am–10pm. €12.50/6.50.

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