DDR Wachturm

Erna-Berger-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Part of the Inner Border between East and West Germany until the fall of the Berlin Wall, the DDR Wachturm is the last watchtower of its kind in Germany. Built in 1971, this watchtower secured part of the border allowing riflemen to see on both sides of the Berlin Wall. Soldiers worked 8 hour shifts to watch the surroundings and spot any potential threat to nearby ministries and important buildings to the German ruling of the time. In 2012, the DDR Wachturm became open to the public and serves as a reminder of the communist era. Inside, there’s nothing much to see except for the poor conditions the soldiers had to work in: a table, some chairs and maps. Nevertheless, if you are interested in going inside, a ticket costs 3.5 euros and you can visit anytime from Monday to Sunday 11:00-17:00. You can find more information here. If you want to see the DDR Wachturm and also get an overview of Berlin's past from World War II to the fall of the Berlin Wall, check out our self-guided Berlin walking tour.

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