The Berlin Wall was built by the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). The East German leader at the time was Walter Ulbricht, so he may have been the person who was responsible. However, Soviet influence was strong in the GDR, so it’s certain that Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev was complicit, if not fully responsible.
The Berlin Wall was built on August 13, 1961.
This exhibition at Potsdamer Platz is made up of displays hung between original segments of the Berlin Wall. Created in 2005 as a temporary exhibition, it was made permanent due to very positive public response.
In Schlesischer park, a former four storey watchtower still stands. It was a command tower from which 18 other watch towers were supervised. The nearby border security was also supervised from here.
Now famous for its flea market and bearpit karaoke every Sunday, Mauerpark was once home to part of the death strip and Berlin Wall. A 30m stretch of the Berlin Wall still exists and is used by graffiti artists to practice their skills.