Beyond the Classics: Uncovering Hidden Gems in Berlin

We already saw what to visit in Berlin in Berlin Essentials, but there are places that, despite being interesting, are a little far from the center of Berlin and are not very visited.

When we refer to a little far away it is always within the city and they can all be reached without problems with the metro.

Where is the Berlin Wall

I think that when we think about what to visit in Berlin, the Berlin Wall immediately comes to mind, more than the Brandenburg Gate, I would say that it is more famous because of its photos than its name. Today there are some samples of the wall that we can find in various parts of the city, but I am going to name 4 and in my opinion they are the most important.

East side Gallery

The first and best known East side Gallery It is without a doubt the most touristy, photographed and the longest in extension, it is like 15 blocks of almost continuous wall where we will find different works that have been captured on both sides of it. Even in some parts the second wall that was at the same time is preserved. It was painted in 1990 by more than 100 artists from different countries who gave a little color to that terrible moment that this city in Germany had to suffer, almost always alluding to freedom.

Obviously, since it is outdoors, it can be visited at any time. You will find a large number of tourists taking photos at the most famous murals. Among them is that of the USSR politician Brezhnev kissing Honecker, the leader of the German Democratic Republic, on the mouth.

It is located along the street Mühlenstrasse and the nearest station is Warschauer Straße of the U1. Also by Ostbahnhof train where several lines leave you.

Other walls sample of the Berlin Wall

The other 3 points and no less important are the Berlin Wall Memorial which is located at Bernauer Str. 111 and is the only one that partially maintains its original structure with its double wall, because the wall was not just one, but whoever escaped had to cross it twice. In addition to the watchtower and fences. To observe it from above, there is a tower in front of it that can be accessed for free.

The other point is in the Topography of Terror, where we will also find an original wall that can be seen from the outside and if not, you must access the museum at the indicated times to get a closer look, along with the photographs that are exhibited.

And the last one is in Potsdamer Platz where we will find separate pieces of walls also worked by artists and where you can appreciate their material, measurements, etc. even more.

How to visit the underground city and its history in Berlin

We did it and I left fascinated with this tour. You can find it as Berliner Unterwelten and there are several tours that offer to live a little of the experience that the Germans had in the Cold War.

To get to it and where the tours also depart from is at the station Gesundbrunnen and you can get there with the U8 metro line or with the S1 and S2 trains.

Precisely the address is Brunnenstraße, 105, where you can buy the tickets, I recommend that you go early. We arrived just in time and there were just the last tickets left for the tour in Spanish. But don’t worry, there are several languages ​​and times during the day with different routes, so if you like one the other day you can do a different one.

The entrance costs between 11 and 14 euros depending on the tour and I assure you that it is very worth it. In our case we visited places where tunnels had been made to be able to go from one side to the other when the wall existed, and the guide took it in an excellent way despite the 2 and a half hours that the tour lasted, really very entertaining and interesting. We also visit bunkers or shelters from World War II that we would have loved to visit but we did not have the time. You can check in advance on the page the schedule that corresponds to each tour and the one you like the most Berliner unterwelten.

They asked us to please not upload photos because otherwise they charge fees as they are private places so we respect them and they should know them when they go.

Charlottenburg Palace –

Built in the 17th century as a summer home for Sofia Carlota, it is a palace that dazzles both with its exterior and interior. If you don’t have time to visit it, I recommend at least getting closer to appreciate its architecture. Its gardens are publicly accessible so it is something you can visit in Berlin for free.

To visit its interior we must pay 12 euros, there are other more expensive options to visit other buildings but we settled for the main one. In addition to this we pay 3 euros for the camera, it happens in almost all palaces.

The visit can be done with an audio guide included in the price and in Spanish. It takes you through the beautiful rooms that make up the palace which preserve many original furniture and decorations.

The gardens also left us enchanted by their magnitude where you can walk for hours or relax by the lake.

To get there you must get off at the station. Richard-Wagner-Platz of line U7. Hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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