Walking the Entire Length of the Wall in Berlin, Germany
Until 1989, the Berlin Wall not only ran through the heart of the city, but also circled around the border of West Berlin, creating a little locked-up island within the heart of the German Democratic Republic. Most of the Wall has been destroyed by now, but with time and good boots you can follow the Berlin Wall Trail along its entire 160km length. The trail passes many of Berlin’s most famous sites—the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, and of course Checkpoint Charlie—but it is the journey through the suburbs and around the green perimeter of the city that is most fascinating. As you walk or cycle alongside fields, through forests, and on the banks of rivers and lakes, you get a glimpse of Berlin and its surroundings that not many locals, let alone travelers, take the time to explore.