The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Ed Boitano | Jun 30, 2014, 2:11 p.m.

Yadegar Asisi’s 360 Degree Berlin Wall: This must be seen to be believed. The artist transports visitors back to the Cold War with a cylindrical steel rotunda that offers a 360-degree panoramic view of East Berlin and the wall in the 1980s.

Cycling the Trail of the Wall: Berlin on Bikes specializes in guided tours along the wall’s path. Ask for guide Sascha, who is a cycling encyclopedia on all things Berlin.

Palace of Tears: Situated at a former border crossing station, the museum focuses on the border experience and the steps toward reunification.

Wall Museum: The museum at Checkpoint Charlie features the Cold War, construction of the wall and the fight for human rights. This is the crossing where United States and Soviet tanks faced off for 16 hours almost creating a third world war. Checkpoint Charlie is worth a visit.

East German Watchtower: A memorial to the victims of Berlin’s former division, Memorial Günter Litfin is one of the few remaining authentic watchtowers. In a tribute to the wall’s first victim, the man’s brother generally conducts tours.

How to Get There

Travelers have been known to say that their favorite part of a trip is flying business class. I would not go that far, but flying in airberlin’s business class certainly made my direct flight from Chicago to Berlin enjoyable. The seats are in private cubicles that adjust to upright, relaxation and completely flat. There’s a private video screen, and the service is impeccable. The flight also features indigenous German food, wine and beer. I spoke to passengers in economy who enjoyed their flight as well—but probably not as much as me.

For further information, visit www.visitBerlin.de/en and www.airberlin.com.

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