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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 3 days ago via mobile

We stumbled on this whilst trying to locate check point Charlie and it was probably the highlight of our visit to Berlin. Not for the tower itself but for the excellent insight that the guide (Kurt) gave to us about the history of the wall...More

Thank Dazff
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were told to go here by a friend, the only watch tower remaining so it’s interesting to see a reminder of the not so distant past. The guy volunteering today had a great sense of humour. Quite hard to find but well worth the...More

Thank blueval
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Description of the history by guy on the door was excellent. Way up is little bit tight but interesting.

Thank Martin O
Reviewed 1 week ago

my friends and I loved this GDR relic and it was fascinating to hear the history of the watchtower and the surrounding area from Kurt. You get to climb the tower and hold a Kalashnikov for a small charge too.

Thank johnbarr
Reviewed 1 week ago

This original watch tower is located in an alley off Postdamer Platz (Erna Bergerstrasse), right behind the German Spy museum. Staff are volunteers, and will accept a donation to contribute to the tower maintenance. The lady in charge was very friendly, spoke excellent English and...More

Thank Valerie C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a little hidden as it’s down a street that doesn’t really go anywhere so we wasn’t too sure we were walking the right way but it’s a good little find, you can pay to go up into the tower too

Thank Phileano
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's rather hidden away but well worth the visit. My husband and children went up. They said it was great. Left as it was a real piece of history.

Thank wizard7mel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This needs to be more publicly advertised and signposted. It is worth a visit to appreciate its part in the history of this city

Thank SueJ199
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located off Potsdamer Platz on a quiet street, I did not see any signs to acknowledge the tower; they have built around the tower, which I feel is a disappointing due to the history behind it. On the day I went it a bit muggy...More

Thank RWandSW
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The last tower where u can get up and it is the only There. A very nice guide there... Who helped People from east to get to the vest. A Nice place because of the guide. Ni picture from me, in respect of the guide...More

Thank Kim R
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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15 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.