GDR Watch Tower

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GDR Watch Tower
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The watchtower is currently closed due to construction work. Get more information in our Museum “DIE MAUER | THE WALL” around the corner on Leipziger Platz 11: www.diemauerthewall.de After 1989, almost all relics of the Berlin Wall have been demolished. The only authentic watchtower in the City of Berlin is located at Potsdamer Platz. There were more than 200 of this type along the Wall. The watchtower is most likely the oldest testimonial of the German separation. As a private initiative, we have taken it over from the City of Berlin, refurbished it and made it accessible to the public.
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Neighbourhood: Mitte (Borough)
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  • Potsdamer Platz • 2 min walk
  • Potsdamer Platz • 3 min walk
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iowacityia
iowa city, ia1,271 contributions
May 2022
We arrived around 11:30am. I had read that there was construction all around the tower, and that the tower was off limits, behind gates and fences of the construction site. I still wanted to make the quick detour down the dead end street to see it. Kind of sad seeing it among the construction equipment. I hope they are able to save it. Either where it stands, or perhaps move it to another location. I am glad I took the time to see it.
Written 4 June 2022
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland24,423 contributions
Jul 2021
This small watchtower can be found near Leipziger Platz. It is the last original GDR watchtower, from which GDR soldiers once watched over the inner-German border and looked for republic refugees.
Written 8 August 2021
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Clogs
Warsaw, Poland2,945 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
Ugly old remnant of the Cold War, tucked away in a sad little corner behind Potsdamer Platz, as it should be. Satisfying detour.
Written 12 April 2021
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Huw85Thomas
79 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
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
Written 28 September 2020
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craice
Hockley, UK362 contributions
Sep 2020
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.
Written 27 September 2020
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MrThomas1981
Ipswich, UK653 contributions
Aug 2020
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.
Written 7 September 2020
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andycoldham
Crawley, UK826 contributions
Jul 2020
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.
Written 25 July 2020
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Yorkterrier01
York, UK2,600 contributions
Oct 2019
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.
Written 22 April 2020
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia13,720 contributions
Feb 2020
There are two (in)famous towers left in Berlin nowadays (not counting the big TV tower) - the one on the death strip at Bernauer Str. where's the Berlin wall memorial museum and this one close to Potsdam Pl. During the Cold war era there were plenty of them, of course.
Today this small tower looks very stupid, ugly and useless, and a younger non informed visitor surely asks himself what's that.
But, it's a poignant reminder of the cold war era and divided Berlin. I'm glad they kept it standing to reminds us all on those harsh times.
Written 6 April 2020
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CATTSAR
Provincetown, MA21,394 contributions
Oct 2019
This was one of the more somber stops on our bike tour. Climbing the observation tower allows you to look into what was referred to as the death strip. Anna described what happened to anyone trying to escape and was caught in this zone, certain death. There is also a view of the Berlin Wall Memorial. This is a free attraction. If you have a fear of heights or open steps the observation tower is not for you. The DDR Watch Tower remains as a reminder of the very dark period. All the other watch towers were taken down so as not to remind.  
Written 2 January 2020
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