Exactly a week ago on Monday, we visited Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin wall in Kreuzberg. It was a thought-provoking experience.
As you can see from the pictures above, a part of the Berlin wall has been conserved as a memorial and has been turned into a street art gallery (East Side Gallery). Most of the art pieces have powerful political messages, and the whole sight of it just left me speechless.
Checkpoint Charlie is the place where police used to check people passing to the other side of the wall. Nowadays there's a museum, Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, where you can find out about the ways people used to smuggle their loved ones from the East side to the West. Incredibly interesting. The stories of individuals never cease to amaze me.
After visiting the wall, we had lunch in Kreuzberg. Friedrichschain-Kreuzberg is an area full of restaurants, shops and bars from all around the world. I'm sorry we didn't have more time to spend over there, next time I'm in Berlin I'll definitely just walk around with no agenda and discover new places!
Anyway, if you're going to Berlin, check these out:
- Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstraße 43-45
- East Side Gallery, Mühlenstraße
- Friedrichschain-Kreuzberg as an area, just walk around and experience it!
That's all for today. Seeya folks!:)