This site combines memorials and a museum and research center on the Berlin Wall. The division of Berlin was particularly heart-wrenching on Bernauer Strasse, where neighbors and families on opposite sides of the street were separated overnight. The Reconciliation Chapel, completed in 2000, replaced the community church dynamited by the Communists in 1985. The church had been walled into the "death strip," and was seen as a hindrance to patrolling it. A portion of the Wall remains on Bernauer Strasse, along with an installation meant to serve as a memorial, which can be viewed 24/7. The documentation center will be closed until late 2014 for renovation and the addition of a new permanent exhibition.
Nov 9, 2012
This is my first time in Germany and in Berlin and I am speechless. The Berlin Wall Memorial is amazing and disturbing at the same time. This historical place is located in the middle of the city, in the Bernauer Strasse, (Bernauer Straeet) where in the past started 1.4 kilometers of border strip that divided the capital. Now, there are only a few pieces of what actually was the entire wall. Also there is a beautiful monument that commemorates all
the victims. It remembers all of those who tried to scape and it serves as a reminder of the division. All of it makes you imagine how it was back in the 60’s or 70’s as today is still shocking. The memorial preserves pictures and graphic testimonies of the division and the fall. This is definitely a must when visiting Berlin.