Memorial of the Berlin Wall
Updated: Jul 30, 2019
I love Berlin! I cannot imagine the horror the people of this city endured because of this wall. Situated at the historic site on Bernauer Strasse, it extends along 1.4 kilometres of the former border strip & is a must see when in Berlin. You can go into the Memorial building and learn the dark history of the wall or just wander the open-air setting where story boards help interpret what you are seeing.
This is the site of the first construction of the concrete wall & it cut through the Church of the Reformation parish and its adjacent graveyard. The story told of this Parish is nothing but heartache with many families separated overnight.
The rebuilt church, now the Chapel of Reformation, has been built in the round to show no sides & is a fascinating story in itself. With the saved bells housed out front and an inspiring story of the rescued church spire you cannot help but be amazed by the resilience of the human spirit.
There is also the famed Statue of Reconciliation, a sculpture also found only in Coventry, Hiroshima and Belfast - places emerging from the destructiveness of war.
The wall still stands in places and others are marked by erected steel posts. Throughout Berlin cobbles on the road mark the place where the wall once stood. Most heartbreaking is the stories of those who tried to escape the East and sadly didn't survive.
We visited on a balmy summers evening, two Australians in the centre of what was once Europe’s brutal heart. Before we left we lay upon the grass, looked up at the beautiful blue sky and gave thanks for the freedoms we tend to take for granted.