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Discovering the Berlin Wall

The only building right next to the Wall to survive its construction
and expansion can be found on the Flutgraben channel in the
Treptow borough of Berlin. Today an artist-studio-space, the
building belonged to a state-owned company in the GDR era.
From 13 August 1961 it was barricaded and closely guarded.
Nevertheless many people managed to escape to the nearby
West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg from the site.

Grenzläufte e.V. developed a guided tour to explore the many
traces GDR border system left in- and outside the building,
including barricaded windows, border soldiers’ inscriptions and
the remains of signal installations at the 20-meter-high roof
overlooking the Spree and Osthafen which served as a sentry
point for GDR border troops until 1989.


From 2017 on guided tours only take place at special
occassions. For dates please contact

Sentry path of GDR border troops on the roof
Photograph: Grenzläufte e.V.