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GDR Watch Tower

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Address: Erna Berger Strasse | Nei pressi di Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany
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11:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Berlin Wall Watchtower at Potsdamer Platz

The "BT 6" tower,...

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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Very interesting, might not always be there do go when you can!

The Berlin government apparently want nothing to do with this. It's the last of it's kind and an important piece of history, run on charity donations. While there, the person... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Berlin government apparently want nothing to do with this. It's the last of it's kind and an important piece of history, run on charity donations. While there, the person working there was very friendly and told us the history. Well worth visiting!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Check out one of the original Berlin Wall Watchtowers. The young lady who supervised your visit is very knowledgeable and is anxious to share the story of this historic site.

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Just a few minutes from Potsdamer Platz stands the last remaining GDR Watch Tower in Berlin. We climbed to the top and (steep ladder) for a nominal fee experienced what it must have been like for the guards (creepy & confining). The woman on duty was absolutely delightful - friendly and a wealth of information. Recommend

1 Thank denver60
Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

The place is really interesting and the guys who are there and will guide you are volunteers, friendly and really prepared on story of Berlin. You'll not regret.

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Reviewed 18 February 2017

This tower stands alone down a side street not far from the Sony Centre. It is the last remaing Watch Tower of it's kind from around 200 at one time. It is privately run and donations are required to keep this attraction open. A lovely lady who speaks english explains it's history and allows you to climb up into the... More 

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Reviewed 15 February 2017

We stumble across this by accident as it was hidden down a side road just off Potsdamer Platz. We were greeted by Suzie at the base of the tower who was an extremely friendly and spoke very good English. She had loads of informations and pictures of the watch tower and inform us that this was actually the last standing... More 

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Reviewed 3 February 2017

The GDR Watch Tower is a great piece of history. Yes, its small compared to all the buildings around it but if you imagine what it was like (only 30 odd years previous) - standing in the middle on 'no mans land'....crazy. You can climb up to have a look around (steep ladders) for a small fee. The money goes... More 

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Reviewed 30 January 2017

I knew this Watch Tower existed so set out to see it with my own eyes, I thought it would be pretty cool seeing one still standing. BUT, I had no idea that you could go up inside, and it was only by chance that we got there right as it was opening, otherwise I still wouldn't have had a... More 

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Reviewed 16 January 2017

A 2 minute hike from the bustle of Potsdamer Platz, you'll find Susie stood at the bottom of the only 6 window watch tower remaining in Berlin.... the climb up is the best bit, and you have to use your imagination when you get up there to imagine the views and the wall as the area is slowly being overtaken... More 

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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I found out about the tower on TripAdvisor and you probably wouldn't find it otherwise - it's down a side road just a few minutes from the Potsdamer Platz U station. It was however very easy to find using google maps - just search for Erna-Berger-Straße as it's at the end of the road (the tower itself is not on... More 

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