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Top 6 Historical Sites in Berlin

An important regional city in the 18th century, Berlin rose to become the capital of the German Empire, before being dramatically torn in two in the fallout of World War II. For tourists today, there are a large number of absorbing and affecting monuments in Berlin, which commemorate and shed light on its turbulent past. Now the city is a thriving modern metropolis and if you’re planning to visit, Guiddoo has curated a list of the top 6 historical sites in Berlin, from the grandest to the smallest.

Berlin Wall

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No visit to this city would be complete without a visit to the Berlin Wall. The wall tragically separated loved ones in the Cold War years that followed World War II, acting as a physical dividing line between the Allied West and communist Soviet East Berlin. November 1989 saw the wall triumphantly pulled down and today only around a mile of it still stands. The longest section, running along the Spree River, is now the world’s largest open air gallery, known as the Eastside Gallery. After the Berlin Wall fell, international artists arrived to cover what remained with around 100 politically charged and emotive paintings, murals and graffiti. Since then it has become a poignant graphic memorial to freedom. Look out for one of its most memorable works, My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love, also known as The Fraternal Kiss, which was created in 1990. Recently restored by its artist, the Russian painter Dmitri Vrub painted a large close up of communist leaders Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev kissing each other, in a reproduction of a photograph from a political event 1979.

Holocaust Memorial