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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.

Check­point Char­lie East Side Gallery

E3/E4

Ber­lin Wall Doc­u­men­ta­tion Cen­ter

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. Open-air ex­hi­bi­tion: 8am-10pm daily; doc­u­men­ta­tion cen­ter: Tue–Sun 10am– 6pm. Free. www.ber­liner-mauerge­denkstaette.de. Ber­nauer Str. 111. 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 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 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. holo­caust-mah­n­mal.de. Co­raBer­liner Straße. T: 030.2639430. U Bran­den­burger Tor. E3

Karl-Marx-Allee

MUST SEE One of the city's main at­trac­tions and the old­est zoo in Ger­many in­cludes pav­il­ions that pro­vide am­ple in­door space, mak­ing the venue suit­able for rainy days. The zoo boasts the largest num­ber of species and to­tal an­i­mal res­i­dents in the world. The aquar­ium, one of the largest in Europe, fea­tures large tanks with pi­ra­nhas, sharks, and al­li­ga­tors. Daily 9am– 6:30pm. Zoo or aquar­ium: €14.50/ 7.50, un­der- 4s free. Com­bined Zoo-Aquar­ium ticket: € 20/10. www.aquar­ium- ber­lin.de, www.zoo- ber­lin. de Har­den­berg­platz 8. T: 030.254010. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. C4 Ber­lin is not only the largest city in Ger­many: It is also the green­est, with al­most 32 per­cent of the city sur­face cov­ered in for­est and water. Ber­lin's best ex­am­ple of GDRera 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

Stasi Prison

MUST SEE Be­tween 1945 and 1989, more than 20,000 peo­ple sus­pected of op­pos­ing the East Ger­man po­lit­i­cal sys­tem were ar­rested by the Stasi (se­cret po­lice) 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

Ber­lin Dun­geon

Much like the Lon­don Dun­geon, the Ber­lin Dun­geon pro­vides a ter­ri­fy­ing in­ter­ac­tive jour­ney through the city's dark past via a some­timesspooky, ac­tor-led ex­pe­ri­ence. Vis­i­tors are taken through at­trac­tions such as the old li­brary of Ber­lin, a plague-in­fected street, a tor­ture cham­ber, a se­cret court, and more. Not rec­om­mended for young chil­dren. Daily 10am– 6pm (win­ter week­ends un­til 5pm). € 20.50/12.30(dis­count when book­ing on­line). Un­der-14s must be ac­com­pa­nied by adult. Com­bined LE­GOLAND, Madame Tus­sauds, and Sea Life tick­ets avail­able. www.the­dun­geons.com.

Span­dauer Str. 2. S+U Hack­escher Markt. F3

Ber­lin Zoo and Aquar­ium Botanis­cher Garten

This large park was de­signed in the Ro­man­tic English style, with hills, lakes, and pretty green­houses. There is a palm house and a whole sec­tion ded­i­cated to ex­otic plants, in­clud­ing orchids, cacti, and car­niv­o­rous plants. Daily 9am– ca. one hour be­fore sun­set. Mu­seum closes at 6pm. €6/3. www.bgbm.org. Köni­gin- Luise-Str. 6- 8. T: 030.83850100. S Botanis­cher Garten. Off Map

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