More than 80 meters of the original Berlin Wall, built in 1961, are standing there, some with the V-shaped brackets that once had barbed wire. It’s hard to believe that something of this historical importance was lost, which is why we went there to see it with our own eyes.
At the end of January 2018, early on a Sunday morning, we went to Berlin Schönholz to see what was happening with this newly found original Berlin Wall in the news. According to what we read, Christian Bormann found this piece of the Berlin Wall back in 1999, but he couldn’t prove what it was.
After a few years, his research led to believe that this is an original piece of the Berlin Wall. Somehow, it was forgotten in the woods, and nobody tore it down back in 1989.
Our visit to the newly found original Berlin Wall in Schönholz
You might be wondering how a piece of the original Berlin Wall could be lost in the German capital. We asked about it too. We asked even more questions when we found out where this relic is. When you know where to look, this piece of the Berlin Wall is right in front of your eyes. You can see it from the S-Banh Schönholz, and we couldn’t believe it. We were there before when we went to the Soviet Memorial in Schönholzer Heide, and we never imagined what was those bricks on the other side of the train tracks.
This section, discovered by Christian Bormann, is one of the oldest pieces of the Berlin Wall we ever saw. It dates back to 1961 when East Germany surprised Berlin with bricks and barbed wire and built a wall dividing the city. This wall lasted from 1961 to 1989, and it scars the town to this day. But, without the barbed wire on top and the watchtowers, it just looks like a forgotten wall hidden in the woods. Something that can be seen everywhere in Berlin since the bombing of the city in the Second World War.
It seems unlikely that any other part of the original Berlin Wall will be found. So, this discovery by Christian Bormann is essential, and we are going to keep an eye on the news to see if local authorities do something with it.
The Original Berlin Wall lost in the Woods
If you want to see this forgotten piece of the Berlin Wall, you have to take a train to S-Banh Schönholz and just look to the other side of the train tracks. The wall is there, right in front of your eyes. Take pictures but don’t take anything else. This is a historical place and should be treated with respect.
Quick Update: Our friend Rodrigo, from Canal Alemanizando, went to see the original Berlin Wall in Schonholz earlier today and there are fences surrounding the entire wall. We’re not 100% sure if it’s worth going all the way there to see this wall behind fences. But, it’s up to you.
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