Apr 30, 2008

Berlin wall high tech guide

Berlin wall high tech guide

The Berlin wall may be a part of Germany's history, but now it's been taken into the 21st century. From the beginning of May, visitors to the German capital will be able to walk the wall with a new multi media guide run by GPS.

The bilingual (German/English) guides are collected from special kiosks at famous points along the former route of the wall, such as the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie. From there, the handheld digital guides pinpoint the visitor's location and describe the history of the surrounding area. It also guides them to the main Berlin Wall memorials whilst showing historical film and audio recordings.

But the new guides are not solely aimed at informing tourists about the history of the city.

"It's not just the young people but also lots of tourists who don't know why there was even a wall in Berlin in the first place. This is something I'm often asked. On the other hand there are also lots of people in Berlin who lived for the majority of their lives with the wall, and they want
to compare their personal experiences with the historical view," says artistic director of the Berlin Wall Guide, Eva Wesemann.

The new guides are being brought out in preparation for celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

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