For 28 years, the Berlin Wall cut an unrelenting gash through the whole of downtown Berlin in an attempt to prevent the citizens of East Berlin and the German Democratic Republic from fleeing to the West. By 1989, the wall fell with the collapse of the GDR.
The East Side Gallery is now an international memorial for freedom, which allows 106 artists from all around the world to display their message of hope through art.
In between the cracks of the wall, there are places to relax alongside the river. Oststrand or the 'East Beach' is a bar on the banks of the River Spree. Apparently, it's Berlin's biggest urban beach, so when it's sunny, you may think your in the Mediterranean somewhere. At this point, public transport is in order, as the next destination is 4km away, and you may not be up for walking for a third day running.
German History Museum to get a better feel for the country for a mere 5 euros. There's even The Ramones Museum, solely dedicated to the Punk band. This whole area has been deemed an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other Great Places to Visit
- Gendarmenmarkt - Reported as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
- Charlottenburg palace- largest palace in Berlin, originally constructed in the 17th century.
- Potsdam - 24km outside the city, contains the large baroque Neues Palace.
- Russian Memorial - Dedication for soldiers who died in the war.
- Tempelhof Park - Amazing abandoned airport, now used to host concerts and barbeques.