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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.

The guided tour explores 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.


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