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GDR Watch Tower

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Address: Erna Berger Strasse | Nei pressi di Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany
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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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The Last One Standing

This tower stands alone down a side street not far from the Sony Centre. It is the last remaing Watch Tower of it's kind from around 200 at one time. It is privately run and... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This tower stands alone down a side street not far from the Sony Centre. It is the last remaing Watch Tower of it's kind from around 200 at one time. It is privately run and donations are required to keep this attraction open. A lovely lady who speaks english explains it's history and allows you to climb up into the... More 

Thank sunchasingbrits
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumble across this by accident as it was hidden down a side road just off Potsdamer Platz. We were greeted by Suzie at the base of the tower who was an extremely friendly and spoke very good English. She had loads of informations and pictures of the watch tower and inform us that this was actually the last standing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The GDR Watch Tower is a great piece of history. Yes, its small compared to all the buildings around it but if you imagine what it was like (only 30 odd years previous) - standing in the middle on 'no mans land'....crazy. You can climb up to have a look around (steep ladders) for a small fee. The money goes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I knew this Watch Tower existed so set out to see it with my own eyes, I thought it would be pretty cool seeing one still standing. BUT, I had no idea that you could go up inside, and it was only by chance that we got there right as it was opening, otherwise I still wouldn't have had a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

A 2 minute hike from the bustle of Potsdamer Platz, you'll find Susie stood at the bottom of the only 6 window watch tower remaining in Berlin.... the climb up is the best bit, and you have to use your imagination when you get up there to imagine the views and the wall as the area is slowly being overtaken... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I found out about the tower on TripAdvisor and you probably wouldn't find it otherwise - it's down a side road just a few minutes from the Potsdamer Platz U station. It was however very easy to find using google maps - just search for Erna-Berger-Straße as it's at the end of the road (the tower itself is not on... More 

Thank phebster2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Hidden down a side road just off Potsdamer Platz this is the only remaining GDR watchtower of its kind and in its original position. Sabrina, who was the attendant at the site, was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and spoke very good English. You can also go up the tower for a small donation (think it was €3.50) and in the spirit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

On the edge of the vibrant centre of the Potsdamer Platz, and tucked away in a small side street - Erna-Berger-Strasse, can be found the last remaining watchtower as used by the GDR to control the 'anti-fascist protection wall' a.k.a The Berlin Wall ! This small but very emotive remnant of the East Germany (DDR) communist regime is well worth... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

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 27 November 2016 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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