East German Watchtower on Potsdamer Platz

East German Watchtower on Potsdamer Platz

The Last GDR Watchtower still Standing

DDR-Wachturm am Potsdamer Platz – © visitBerlin

The East German watchtower on Potsdamer Platz is now one of the last historical relics to become open to the public. The "panorama observation tower" originally stood between the Brandenburg Gate and Leipziger Platz and served as a base for border guards to monitor the chaotic terrain at the former "House of Ministries".

Construction of the massive, crenelated type BT 6 watchtower began in 1966. By the end of the GDR era, there were more than 200 of these towers along the Berlin border. The tower was staffed around the clock by two border guards.

In 2001, it was moved to its present location near Stresemannstraße on Potsdamer Platz. Today, it is the only surviving watchtower of its kind.

On arrangement, three or four people can climb the tower at the same time.

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Erna-Berger-Straße (am Leipziger Platz)
10117 Berlin MITTE

To: Erna-Berger-Straße (am Leipziger Platz)
10117 Berlin

3.50 euros, 2.50 euros (red.)

Mon-Sun 11a.m.-3p.m. (except on rainy days)