Potsdamer Platz was the place to be before World War Two. The square was one of the main traffic hotspots of Europe. But during World War Two it was bombed to pieces and ended up in no man’s land.
The Berlin Wall ran straight through this area. On pictures where you can still spot the Berlin Wall near Potsdamer Platz it is easy to feel sad. You see people peeking to the other side. Not that there is much to see. Potsdamer Platz looked like an urban jungle at the time, with weeds growing everywhere on the dirt, concrete and sand. When the Berlin Wall fell, this area soon became Berlin’s pride and joy with the architecture of the Sony Center and Deutsche Bahn. And for Berlin Wall seekers: check out Potsdamer Platz, because there are still a few slabs of Berlin Wall standing strong here, covered with graffiti. A line with cobbles and concrete with a line cut out, marks where the Berlin wall was too.
Berlin Wall at Potsdamer Platz
At Potsdamer platz you can perfectly see where the Berlin Wall ran and how it literally cut through the city with a brutal zig zag pattern. The few slabs of concrete that are still on display also have interesting information on where you can find other interesting remaining parts of the Berlin Wall, such as the watchtower near Treptower Park or the Berlin Wall at Bernauer Strasse, to name a few. But the Berlin Wall itself, has become a bit disgusting. From a distance, it looks like the wall parts are made of very raw concrete. But if you take a closer look at the concrete, you can see people stuck their chewing gums on the wall pieces at Potsdamer Platz. It’s easy to understand why the people of Berlin hated the Berlin Wall, so maybe this is their way to show their disgust. But we think there are other ways to show people who didn’t experience the brutalities of the Berlin Wall what is was like to be divided by a piece of concrete for many, many years.
Berlin has a lot of landmarks to sightsee. Think of Berlin, and you think of the Fernsehturm, the Brandenburger Tor and the Bundestag (former Reichstag). Here you can find the best known landmarks for a short visit to Berlin. If you have more time to check out vibrant Berlin, don’t miss out Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain , other spots in Mitte, or alternative Berlin.
Read here where you can find the best cultural spots, where the best Berlin bars and restaurants are, the best Berlin shops and where you can still find the remains and best stories of the Berlin Wall.
The Brandenburger Tor became the symbol of reunited Germany and Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Between 1961-1989 the Berlin Wall surrounded the Brandenburger Tor. East Berlin was on one side, on the other end West Berlin. It was quite a tragic turn in history, because the Brandenburger Tor had been the representation of triumph.
The Fernsehturm is one of the most remarkable landmarks of Berlin. The tallest building of Berlin was the pride and joy of the East German government when it was erected in 1969. You can easily understand why. The cone with the large shining discoball is hard to miss and when you are in the top of the Fernsehturm you will have the greatest view on Berlin.
The Bundestag is the stage where democracy failed poorly and rose out of it’s ashes again, after the Cold War. When the Bundestag was built in 1894, democracy was on the verge of collapse. No one knew how to govern the country because there was hardly any experience with governing Germany. Now you can see where the German government is during a free tour.