Bernauer Strasse

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The Bernauer Strasse in Berlin-Mitte / -Wedding is one of the more touristic streets. Or maybe I would actually prefer to say Bernauer Strasse can be an street / spot for Berlin visitors. Since the Berlin Wall divided the street on its full length, it became sort of famous. And today the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse is actually one of the few spots, where you can actually see pieces of the original Berlin Wall in its original location.

The Bernauer Strasse stretches between S-Bahn station Nordbahnhof in Mitte / crossing Gartenstrasse – and Mauerpark at the crossing Schwedter Strasse / Oderberger Strasse. If you want to walk the Bernauer Strasse, I would recommend you start your walk at S-Bahn station Nordbahnhof. This might be a bit more challenging since you’ll have to walk up hill, but once you made your way to Mauerpark you can have yourself a treat.

Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse

Stepping out from S-Bahn station Nordbahnhof you will probably notice the Berlin Wall Memorial site right away. On a large green you’ll find Information panels next to an installation of metal bars – and there are of course pieces of the original Berlin Wall too. On the oposite side of Bernauer Strasse you’ll see a two-storeyed building. the Visitor Center of the Berlin Wall Memorial (see also berliner-mauer-gedenkstaette.de/en/) featuring a well equipped book store – and providing guided tours.

Berlin Wall and balloons on Bernauer Strasse "light border"

Berlin Wall at Bernauer Strasse – border of ligtht 2014 (© bilderbook/T.Bortels)

The Berlin Wall Memorial site basically continues all the way up to the crossing of Brunnenstrasse. Walking that distance will take at least 20 minutes – but I would highly recommend you take your time, look around, see the site. You can also try this mobile tour guide: berliner-mauer.mobi/startseite.html?&L=1. It currently features three walking tours: one “for the hurried” that will take some 30 minutes, one “for the curious” that will lead you to 12 stations and will probably take around 75 minutes – and one “for the experts” that will introduce 20 stations and will take some two hours.

…to be continued…