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GDR Watch Tower

Erna Berger Strasse | Nei pressi di Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany
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Berlin Wall Watchtower at Potsdamer Platz The "BT 6" tower, introduced in 1966, permitted panoramic surveillance. There were more than 200 towers of this type deployed along the border line surrounding West Berlin. The gunports were covered by heavy metal shutters that were pulled up for shooting. The solid construction was meant to protect the soldiers from fire originating from the potential enemy in the West. The cabin on top of the tower was manned around the clock: One surveyed the approaches from the GDR ("friendly") side, the other kept his attention on the "enemy"- side. This is the only preserved example of this type of watchtower. And the oldest relict of the Berlin wall. We have started a private initiative and have taken over this authentic relic from the City of Berlin. The purchase of your ticket or a donation will help us to restore this document of a bygone era further and assure its upkeep in the future.
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Erna Berger Strasse | Nei pressi di Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We were lucky to have Laura as our guide at the watchtower, she was so informative and pleasant, on a VERY hot day.

Thank ailsajensen
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're interested in the history of the wall, this is worth a stop. We did not go up into it, but it's possible. Even from ground level, you can imagine what it must have been like to live with these constant reminders that you...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I walked by the tower three times before I noticed it was there. It's not hidden, it just blends into the trees on the street. A little bit of visible history.

Thank Eva J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't take a big detour to see this - but it's a little bit of cold war history that one man has taken it upon himself to look after. It is one of about 3 remaining watch towers that were built by the GDR to...More

Thank Waterend
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a little bit of a challenge to track down, we found the street and the signage giving directions but still walked past it on the other side of the road! There were a couple of guys there, unsure if they were official staff....More

Thank Blanche&DaveMcColl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this by accident, a little gem. Very helpful guide, also got a map showing where the wall ran which helped us get our bearings

Thank Alan L
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

I walked by this place since I was at the underground station nearby. This used to be a watch tower used by east Berlin guards when the wall was up. You can climb a rung ladder to the top but I don't think it's worth...More

Thank Ciahasher
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

This attraction is tucked away down a side street but is well worth finding. It gives a real insight into the life on East Germany. You can cling the ladder up to the watch out area and see how the guards would have lived for...More

Thank Alan B
Reviewed 13 May 2017

This really was a hidden gem. Yes, it will occupy less than 10 minutes of your day, but well worth a look. Stripped of the tourist sheen that accompany other notable sites (for example, Checkpoint Charlie), this is a stark and eery reminder of darker...More

1  Thank Keely Anne H
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Well worth a visit when in Berlin, the guide Susi was great and gave us lots of information about the tower and surrounding areas. We paid to go up tower and it was well worth the money, a proper piece of Berlin history. I would...More

Thank Gail J
The centre of Berlin, Mitte is most famous for sights
like the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Museum
Island. The central location makes this one of the
city's most expensive places to live. It is here the
oldest traces of the city can be found, and evidence
of some significant transformations, as well. The
gangsters that once ruled the impoverished streets
between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt have given
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16 September 2016|
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Response from Stewart B | Reviewed this property |
No need to reserve. Just turn up, pay the man on the door. Enjoy.