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Touch tour at the Berlin Wall Memorial

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Guided Tour, Inclusive

Bernauer Strasse after the Wall was Built – Touch Tour

The tour on the former border strip between East and West Berlin uses the situation at Bernauer Strasse to describe the consequences of the Berlin Wall. Blind and visually impaired participants experience the historical site through various senses: They have the opportunity to touch historic objects and original segments of the Berlin Wall, use specially prepared tactile material and listen to original audio recordings. Sighted participants also gain new perspectives on the time when Berlin was divided by the Wall.

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Location
Berlin Wall Memorial
Audience
Adults, Schools & Organizations, Inclusion
Group size
Max. 7 people, plus accompanying persons
Duration
1,5 hours
Language
German, English
Price
free of charge
Meeting Point

Visitor Center, Bernauer Straße 119, 13355 Berlin

Accessibility

The outdoor area of the memorial is barrier-free. You can find more information here.

Directions

Directions from Nordbahnhof S-Bahn station to the Visitor Center of the Berlin Wall Memorial

Langtext

How to reach the Memorial’s Visitor Center when traveling from the south:

Traveling from the south, take the S-Bahn S1 (Oranienburg, Frohnau), S2 (Bernau), S25 (Hennigsdorf) or S26 (Waidmannslust) to the S-Bahn station "Nordbahnhof.”

When you arrive at the station you will exit onto a central platform. There are two staircases in the middle of the platform heading in different directions. They both lead to the mezzanine level of the station. Take the staircase in the same direction that you traveled. At the top, make a 180 degree turn to the left and follow the wall on your left side. The wall comes to an end after 15 meters. Now turn 90 degrees to your left. You are now in a 100-meter-long tunnel. Follow the wall to your left until you reach the staircase to the Gartenstrasse/Bernauer Strasse exit. Please note: Due to construction, there is a temporary covered walkway outside the exit. When you reach the top of the stairs, turn 90 degrees to your left and walk through the covered walkway. At the end of the walkway, continue straight until you reach the tactile-acoustic traffic light on your right. There is a tactile marker there.

Cross the street. On the other side of the street, keep left and cross the next street with an octagonal tactile-acoustic traffic light. Caution: There is a bicycle traffic light on the left side of the traffic light at head height. Stand to the right of the traffic light. Caution: The street has tram tracks running in both directions before and after the median. On the other side of the street, stand to the right of the traffic light again. Then continue walking straight for 15 meters to the entrance of the Memorial’s Visitor Center. Caution: There is a street sign right in front of you. There is a tactile marker at the entrance in front of the door. Pull the door open. Then follow the guide strip. At the tactile marker, follow the guide strip to the right. This will lead you to the front desk where our staff will welcome you.

 

How to reach the Memorial’s Visitor Center when traveling from the north:

Traveling from the north, take the S-Bahn S1 (Wannsee), S2 (Blankenfelde), S25 (Teltow Stadt) or S26 (Teltow Stadt) to the S-Bahn station "Nordbahnhof".

When you arrive at the station you will exit onto a central platform. There are two staircases in the middle of the platform heading in different directions. They both lead to the mezzanine level of the station. Take the staircase in the opposite direction that you traveled. At the top, make a 180 degree turn to the right and follow the wall to your right until you reach the wall straight ahead. Now turn 90 degrees to the left and follow the wall until you come to another wall straight ahead. There, turn 90 degrees to the left again and follow the wall to your right. Along the way, you can feel three former ticket windows with counters that are now part of an exhibition in the Nordbahnhof station. You can use the counters as handrails. After you pass the curve of the ticket counter, you will enter a 100-meter-long tunnel. Continue to follow the wall to your right until you reach the staircase to the Gartenstrasse / Bernauer Strasse exit. Please note: Due to construction, there is a temporary covered walkway outside the exit. When you reach the top, turn 90 degrees to your left and walk through the covered walkway. At the end of the tunnel, continue straight until you reach the tactile-acoustic traffic light on your right. There is a tactile marker there.

Cross the street. On the other side of the street, keep left and cross the next street with an octagonal tactile-acoustic traffic light. Caution: There is a bicycle traffic light on the left side of the traffic light at head height. Stand to the right of the traffic light. Caution: The street has tram tracks running in both directions before and after the median. On the other side of the street, stand to the right of the traffic light again. Then continue walking straight ahead for 15 meters to the entrance of the Memorial’s Visitor Center. Caution: There is a street sign right in front of you. There is a tactile marker at the entrance in front of the door. Pull the door open. Then follow the guide strip. At the tactile marker, follow the guide strip to the right. This will lead you to the front desk where our staff will welcome you.

Directions from the Memorial’s Visitor Center to the Nordbahnhof S-Bahn station

Langtext

From the Memorial’s Visitor Center, you can reach the northbound platform of Nordbahnhof, S1 (Oranienburg, Frohnau), S2 (Bernau), S25 (Hennigsdorf) and S26 (Waidmannslust)

From the front desk, follow the guide strip to the exit door on the right. Open the door and step outside. Walk straight for 15 meters until you reach the tactile-acoustic traffic light. Caution: You will pass a street sign along the way. Cross the street. Caution: The street has tram tracks running in both directions before and after the median. Caution: There is a bicycle traffic light on the right side of the traffic light at head height. Walk past the left side of the traffic light. Then turn 90 degrees to the right and walk about 5 meters to the next tactile-acoustic traffic light. Cross the street. Then turn 90 degrees to the left and walk straight for 5 meters. Caution: Due to construction, there is a temporary covered walkway outside the entrance to the Nordbahnhof S-Bahn station. Walk through the covered walkway. At the end of the walkway, turn 90 degrees to the right and enter Nordbahnhof through the Gartenstrasse / Bernauer Strasse entrance. Use the wall to your right to orient yourself. Walk down the stairs to the mezzanine level of the station. Walk through the 100-meter-long tunnel. Use the wall on your right to orient yourself. At the end of the tunnel, turn 90 degrees and follow the wall to your right. At the end of the wall, make a 180 degree turn and walk down the stairs to the central platform heading north, S1 (Oranienburg, Frohnau), S2 (Bernau), S25 (Hennigsdorf) and S26 (Waidmannslust).

From the Memorial’s Visitor Center, you can reach the southbound platform of the Nordbahnof station, S1 (Wannsee), S2 (Blankenfelde), S25 (Teltow Stadt) and S26 (Teltow Stadt):

From the front desk, follow the guide strip to the exit door on the right. Open the door and step outside. Walk straight ahead for 15 meters until you reach the tactile-acoustic traffic light. Caution: You will pass a street sign along the way. Cross the street. Caution: The street has tram tracks running in both directions before and after the median. Caution There is a bicycle traffic light on the right side of the traffic light at head height. Walk past the left side of the traffic light. Then turn 90 degrees to the right and walk about 5 meters to the next tactile-acoustic traffic light. Cross the street. Then turn 90 degrees to the left and walk straight for 5 meters. Caution: Due to construction, there is a temporary covered walkway outside the entrance to the Nordbahnhof S-Bahn station. Walk through the covered walkway. At the end of the tunnel, turn 90 degrees to the right and enter the Nordbahnhof station through the Gartenstrasse / Bernauer Strasse entrance.

Use the wall on you left to orient yourself. Walk down the stairs to the mezzanine level of the station. Walk through the 100-meter-long tunnel. Continue to use the wall on your left to orient yourself. At the end of the tunnel, you can feel the three ticket windows with a counter which is now part of the exhibition in the Nordbahnhof station. You can use the counter as a handrail. After you pass the curve of the ticket counter, continue to follow the wall on your left until to come to another wall in front of you. Turn 90-degrees to the right and follow the wall on your left.  At the end of this wall turn 90 degrees to the right again and follow the wall on your left. At the end of the wall turn 180 degrees and walk down the stairs to the central platform heading south, S1 (Wannsee), S2 (Blankenfelde), S25 (Teltow Stadt) and S26 (Teltow Stadt).

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