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Ten Great Reasons To Tour The Berlin Wall

How absurd that of all the stunning buildings in Berlin - the triumphal Prussian Brandenburg Gate, the magnificent UNESCO-listed Museum Island - that the one landmark that has come to be  most synonymous with the name of the city is built of simple reinforced concrete. A monument to the ideological conflict of the Cold War that defined much of the 20th century. The Berlin Wall. Constructed at a time when the world seemed to be teetering on the brink of nuclear annihilation, the Berlin Wall transformed the city overnight. As the East German government took desperate measures to keep their own population from fleeing to the Western sectors of divided Berlin, a concrete barrier over 150 km long was constructed around that very capitalist island of the West. Creating something of a paradoxical prison. Ironically where the only people who were free were the prisoners encircled. Free to leave. Free, eventually, to visit the East. Free to…