Category: DDR Museum

Eight Strangest Berlin Wall Escapes

As of Monday the 5th of February 2018, the Berlin Wall will have been down for longer than it stood: 28 years, 3 months, and 28 days. Erected on the 13th of August 1961, The Wall divided Berlin for 28 years during the Cold War and claimed the lives of, as official records currently state, 140 people, until its fall on the 9th November 1989. What started as a ramshackle border fence, comprising mostly of barbed wire and concrete posts, would be continually expanded into a 157-kilometre long fortress consisting of two walls with an armoured ‘no-man’s-land’ running in between – nicknamed, with characteristic German candour, the ‘Death Strip’. Unlike the no-mans land of the First World War, the control zone of the Berlin Wall was entirely in the territory of one power - East Germany - a country determined to stop the flow of citizens escaping West across its…

Top Ten Must-See Berlin Museums

-  Berlin has museum culture at its heart. Radiating from an entire island in the centre of the city - complete with an ensemble of museums - chronicling six thousand years of human history. A vital constituent in the European narrative, it is not hard to argue the case that Berlin in its entirety is in-fact one huge open-air museum. Its streets serving as corridors leading to the monuments and building of its permanent collection - the story continuing behind the many doors waiting to be opened. With more than 170 fascinating museums, covering everything from classical antiquities to the history of hemp, the choice in Berlin is overwhelming. To help out we've highlighted ten Berlin museums that remain a must see for anyone visiting the city. -    Alte Nationalgalerie The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) is just one of five state museums huddled on Berlin's UNESCO world heritage listed Museum Island. It was founded in…