As we foolishly speak about constructing walls to the South, Berliners celebrate the 25th year the dreaded wall fell to a populist movement. I look back over the past summer in Berlin. From a foreign eye, the division the city suffered is not apparent, even when visiting the Alexanderplatz area. Berlin, who had suffered through 12 years of Hitler and the disasters that followed, further suffered division over another 50 year period.
In the Potsdamer Platz area is an actual Watchtower which you can go into. As it is only open certain days, and certain times, I missed it. Not far away in another neighborhood, the actual area referred to as Checkpoint Charlie (below) has become a festive tourist magnet.
This is quite unlike the Topographie des Terror museum which is a few blocks away. Directly in front of a display area, sits a an entire city block of the wall intact (directly above).
Shot of the chaining of the Nordbahnhof subway station, which existed as a “ghost” station in which the train traveled through the station as passengers glimpsed East Berlin on their way through to other parts of West Berlin.
Outside the station, the pretty green area was the “no man’s land” filled with barbed wire, flying bullets from the Watchtowers and landmines, to keep East Berliners inside away from the Fascist elements of the West!