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GDR Watch Tower

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GDR Watch Tower

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Erna Berger Strasse, 10117 Berlin Germany
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Potsdamer PlatzBerlin U-Bahn2 min
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Huw85Thomas wrote a review Sep 2020
76 contributions65 helpful votes
This tower is located down a quiet dead end street a few minutes from Potsdamer Platz so easy to visit if you’re in the area, or walking between Pd. Pl. and checkpoint Charlie. The tower itself is surprisingly small and I imagine very cramped for the sentries manning it. Probably isn’t worth a special trip just on its own however if you’re nearby it’s worth a small detour
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Date of experience: September 2020
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craice wrote a review Sep 2020
Hockley, United Kingdom335 contributions114 helpful votes
Visited here last week Sept 2020. The guide was about to close the tower but stayed to allow my friends and I to climb up. Amazing to think that theres only 2 towers remaining out of about 60. This tower must be kept as a reminder to East/West. The tower must be preserved. A great find hidden away behind a modern office complex. Definitely worth a visit.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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MrThomas1981 wrote a review Sep 2020
Ipswich, United Kingdom595 contributions274 helpful votes
Currently closed due to Corona and with no real information around it when we went. There was some indication that you might be able to arrange a visit via a tour of another museum but we didn't have time left in our trip to investigate. It is worth looking at to remind yourself of the constant surveillance the border was under - also what a claustrophobic experience it must have been for the guards as well - its actually pretty tiny! The Gunther Litfin memorial in the Invaliden Strasse area is much bigger and open during corona if you want to see inside a tower.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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andycoldham wrote a review Jul 2020
Crawley, United Kingdom780 contributions1,046 helpful votes
I was told that there are only 2 of these towers left in Berlin, we visited the one near Potsdammer platz and it is a little difficult to locate. The easiest way to find it is to say its behind the huge German spy museum. Sadly it was closed due to Covid whilst we there so we could not visit the interior. Nevertheless it is a good photo opportunity.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Yorkterrier01 wrote a review Apr 2020
York, United Kingdom2,301 contributions415 helpful votes
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Having found out this was around the corner, I came for a visit. There are only a couple of these towers left and this survived as the housing in East Berlin was extended past it making it redundant and therefore it survived the Wall coming down. I was told it is soon to be moved to protect it from construction traffic when works are done on the Bundesrat. For a small fee, you can climb up the tower and look around. It is very interesting and you can see how it might have been at the height of the Cold War.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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