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GDR Watch Tower

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Address: Erna Berger Strasse | Nei pressi di Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: 10117
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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really close to Potsdammer Platz... but you wouldn't know it since the crowds don't seem to come this way. I didn't climb it last time I was in Berlin ... but I will when my... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Weilerbach, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

really close to Potsdammer Platz... but you wouldn't know it since the crowds don't seem to come this way. I didn't climb it last time I was in Berlin ... but I will when my husband and I go back. It's not the square block style that most of the other GDR towers still in Berlin are built in. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

So glad we found this great piece of Berlin's history. Really nice friendly guide gave us an interesting talk about the towers history before climbing up the ladder to the lookout itself. Felt more than happy to make a small donation to this independently funded and volunteer managed attraction. Being slightly hidden gives it even greater appeal as was very... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome little tower. good information both in German and English. Totally worth a visit and not as commercial and crowed like all the other places!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Susi was knowledgable, short history lesson. Great climb to the tower. Helpful and welcoming staff. Thank you

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice chance to see an actual watchtower from the inside. Relatively few still exist and as far as i know only this single one is possible to see inside. Costs a couple of euros.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst looking for the Dali museum we stumbled across the Watchtower which resulted in a little history lesson. Brilliant.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a little road around the corner from Potsdamer Platz. A poignant reminder of years gone by and what the area was like before 1989. It's a part of history and needs to be preserved.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dropped by after a previous short stop on an excellent bike tour. The lovely girl on duty there, Sabrina, was friendly, very informative showing us photos of the local area during the Cold War, and a real pleasure to talk to. We didn't climb the tower - a bit pricey for what it was I thought - but were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This watchtower is sort of hidden away in a busy modern part of the city. It doesn't seem to be that busy which is a big part of the intrigue. A young lady outside talked us through the history of it and the wall as a whole. Really informative and she was able to answer a lot of questions. Donation... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This watchtower is quite hard to find as not on any maps, we only knew about through tripadvisor. The best directions I cAn give are.... go to the Salvador Dali museum in Potsdamer Plaza. Enter through the walkway and the watchtower is in the dead end road behind.

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