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The Berlin Wall did not simply divide the city in two, it was also the marker of a larger wall that severed Europe, and most of the world, into two distinct blocks: the world of western capitalism and the one of eastern socialism. It is ironic that a large part of that history has been erased exactly in Berlin, where it was most tangible.

 

Of the 170 kilometers constituting the original wall, less than 2km are still standing: we will visit what is left, interpret the traces and fill in the gaps together.

 

We will visit Potsdamer Platz, Checkpoint Charlie, and the famous East Side Gallery with its colorful murals. We will have a taste of the Karl Marx Allee, an open-air museum of socialist architecture, and end with the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauerstrasse, where a substantial section of the so called “death strip” has been preserved in its original conditions.

 

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(the stops can be selected and arranged according to specific needs):

 

  • Checkpoint Charlie

  • Potsdamer Platz

  • Oberbaumbrücke

  • East Side Gallery

  • Karl-Marx Allee

  • Berlin Wall Memorial in Bernauerstrasse

On the traces of the Berlin Wall
Duration: 3 1/2 hours

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