The permanent exhibition on the former border strip is using the large amounts of original historical remnants as well as the events that took place at Bernauer Strasse to provide information at a historical site about the purpose and function of the Berlin Wall. Above all, it tells the history of the people whose lives were limited by the Wall, who had to move because of the Wall, and who aspired to get beyond the Wall. The newly designed memorial grounds, containing the preserved border fortifications, form the core of the memorial on Bernauer Strasse. The Monument, Chapel of Reconciliation and Window of Remembrance are embedded in the design.

The historical grounds contain four exhibition levels:

  • Where the original relicts of the border fortifications have been lost, Corten steel will be used to indicate where the elements once were, making them more visible; Representations of escape tunnels and demolished border buildings will also be added.
  • Incident markers will show where specific incidents occurred. A “field book” provides details of these events;
  • Archeological windows show previous layers of the border fortifications and historical traces of the city that were destroyed by the Wall and the border strip;
  • An exhibition on the border strip explains the site, describes the most important events and provides the historical context.

The newly designed grounds are organized into four topics:

Map of the Memorial Grounds

Map of the Memorial Grounds
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Partial view of the memorial grounds

View over the monument and parts of the memorial grounds, photo: J. Hohmuth, Berlin Wall Memorial