Escape & Daily Life

Themed tour
9 stations | ca. 60 min.
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When the Wall was built on August 13, 1961, access to the West was closed off. The Berlin Wall cemented and deepened the division of Germany and cut off contact between the East and West. By then, East Germany had already lost a considerable part of its population. But even after that, many people risked their lives trying to escape – often with tragic consequences. This themed tour explains what this meant and describes what it was like living with the Wall. 

Information on Accessibility

The Berlin Wall Memorial is accessible for people with limited mobility. The outdoor area of the memorial is extensive and there are only a few seating options.

The asphalted post path is accessible for people with limited mobility and wheelchairs. The remaining areas of the former border strip are accessible as a meadow or are difficult to navigate in a wheelchair. In the area of the memorial, the ground surface consists of loose gravel and is also difficult to negotiate with wheelchairs.

The visitor center, the documentation center and the Chapel of Reconciliation are accessible via ramps. The toilet in the basement of the Documentation Center can be reached via an elevator.

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