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10 great walks in our favorite cities
10 GREAT WALKS
IN OUR FAVORITE CITIES
THERE’S NO BETTER WAY TO EXPLORE A CITY than wandering its streets and alleys, from
terracotta-hued palaces, picturesque squares, and baroque architectural showstoppers in Rome,
to the modern glass towers, 19th-century limestone man­sions, and secret, pocket-size parks of
Manhattan. We’ve gathered 10 fabulous walks in our favorite cities in the United States and
Europe, so put on your comfy shoes and hit the streets.
400 meters
W. Wacker Drive
S. Water Street
Lake Street
Clark St.
James R. Thompson Center
END
CLARK
River
Chicago
Union
Station
The Great Fire of 1871 could have
been the death of Chicago, but instead
it proved to be a grand rebirth, as
renowned architects rebuilt the city’s
skyline. Today it’s Chicago’s most aweinspiring attribute. Start with the Willis
Tower, a 1,454-foot giant that was the
world’s tallest building when completed
in 1973. Next, head to South LaSalle
St. and the Rookery Building. This
12-story stunner, completed in 1888
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Jackson Blvd.
JACKSON
Monadnock
Building
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Van Buren Street
LASALLE
224 S. Michigan
Ave.
Auditorium Theatre
LaSalle St.
Station
Harrison St.
in 1889 that still hosts performances.
Double back to Jackson and Dearborn
to see the geometric, 4.6-acre Federal
Center, completed in the early 1970s
by Mies van der Rohe. Don’t miss the
graceful slopes of Chase Tower, built
in 1969 as the First National Bank
of Chicago Building. The Sullivan
Center, at State and Madison streets,
has elaborate cast-iron ornamentation
over its entryway and a vertical, threepart “Chicago Window.” The Reliance
Building (now the Hotel Burnham) on
Van Buren
Station
Columbus Drive
2 to 4 hours, depending on stops
Adams Street
Congress
Plaza
Congress Pkwy.
100E
TIMING:
Chicago
Board of Trade
Millennium
Park
MONROE
Michigan Ave.
100 W. Randolph St.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Expwy.
500W
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by Daniel Burnham and John Welborn
Root, is the oldest standing high-rise
in town. On Jackson, check out the
45-story Art Deco Chicago Board
of Trade, designed by Holabird
and Root in 1930. Also on Jackson
Blvd. is Burnham and Root’s 17-story
Monadnock Building. Built in 1891,
it’s the last and tallest skyscraper built
with masonry load-bearing walls. The
nearby 224 S. Michigan Ave. was
also built by Burnham in 1904. On
Congress Parkway see Louis Sullivan
and Dankmar Adler’s Auditorium
Theatre, a grand theater completed
Sullivan Center
(Carson Pirie Scott)
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S. Wacker Drive
CHICAGO
DOWNTOWN SKYLINE
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Madison Street
L Monroe Street
Federal
Center
Rookery
Adams St.
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Quincy St.
Randolph St.
Station
Washington Blvd.
Dearborn Street
Canal Street
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Willis Tower
RANDOLPH
WASHINGTON
State Street
LaSalle St.
Chase Tower
Lake Street
Macy’s
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Reliance
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Hotel Burnham
Monroe St.
Wacker Dr. and Adams St.
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WASHINGTON
Wells Street
Madison Street
Franklin Street
Citicorp
Center
Washington Blvd. L
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Randolph Street
Richard J. Daley Center
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State St. is the first-ever glass-and-steel
skyscraper. On the northeast corner
of State and Washington is Macy’s,
designed by Burnham in 1907 and most
famous for the multistory atriums inside,
one domed with a Tiffany mosaic.
Finally, walk west on Randolph St. to
reach the 648-foot Richard J. Daley
Center at Clark St.. Across Randolph
is Helmut Jahn’s dome-shape James R.
Thompson Center.
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A walk through the Garden District,
just a 20-minute street­car ride from
the French Quarter, provides a unique
look at life in New Orleans, past and
present. Start at The Rink, a small
shopping complex, and walk east
on Prytania to see Colonel Short’s
Villa (1448 Fourth St.) with its ornate
cornstalk fence. The Briggs-Staub
House (2605 Prytania St.) is one of the
few Gothic Revival houses in the city.
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1416-1498 Washington Ave.
The Lonsdale House (2521 Prytania
St.) was a Catholic chapel for more
than 70 years. The Maddox House
(2507 Prytania St.) is an example of
the five-bay Greek Revival expansion.
The Women’s Guild of the New
Orleans Opera Association House
(2504 Prytania St.) has a distinctive
octagonal turret. The Bradish-Johnson
House (2343 Prytania St.) is regal,
while the relatively modest raised TobyWestfeldt House (2340 Prytania St.),
is an example of a Creole colonial
home. Morris House (1331 First St.)
and the Carroll House (1315 First
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Nolan House
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Maddox House
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St.) are decorated with “iron lace,”
exemplifying the romantic Italianate
style. Brevard House (1239 First St.)
has an ornate cast-iron gate that
extends the length of the block. A block
farther on the right is the Payne House
(1134 First St.), where Confederate
president Jefferson Davis died.
Actor John Goodman lives in the
Italianate Mansion at 2425 Coliseum
St.. The white-columned Robinson
House (1413 Third St.) was the first
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house in New Orleans with indoor
plumbing. Check out the intricate
ironwork at Musson House (1415 Third
St.). The white-columned Nolan House,
at 2707 Coliseum is where the film The
Curious Case of Benjamin Button was
set. The Commander’s Palace (1403
Washington Ave.), is a great stop for
lunch. End the tour with a visit to the
white-walled Lafayette Cemetery
No. 1, arguably the most beautiful
cemetery in New Orleans.
BEST WALKING TOURS IN AMERICA / 4
E. 60th St.
CENTRAL PARK
N,Q,R
Central Park South
A,B,C,D,1
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W. 57th St.
W. 50th St.
N,Q,R
W. 49th St.
W. 47th St.
Grand
Central
Terminal
W. 45th St.
B,D,F,M
W. 42nd St.
E. 43rd St.
4,5,6,7,S
E. 42nd St.
Bryant Park
First Ave.
Second Ave.
Third Ave.
Lexington Ave.
1/4 mi
Park Ave.
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E. 40th St.
Madison Ave.
0
E. 41st St.
STA RT
Fifth Ave.
Sixth Ave.
Midtown is a mind-boggling patch­
work of styles that coalesce into one
of the world’s great urban landscapes.
Begin with a taste of early 20th-century
neoclassicism at the New York Public
Library, and walk along East 42nd
St. to the Beaux-Arts Grand Central
Terminal, two brilliantly designed
public spaces as beautiful as they
are functional. Art Deco is perhaps
Midtown’s most distinctive style, with
y
1½ to 2 hours
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W. 38th St.
Seventh Ave.
W. 39th St.
E. 44th St.
Chrysler
Building
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New York
Public Library
W. 40th St.
Eighth Ave.
45 Rockefeller Plaza
N,Q,R,S
1,2,3,7
W. 41st St.
W. 37th St.
END:
E. 47th St.
E. 45th St.
W. 43rd St.
the Chrysler Building considered one
of the great masterpieces. Double
back and head north on Park Ave. to
check out such Jazz Age landmarks
as the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Just
past that is the Byzantine dome of
St. Bartholomew’s Church and two
blocks north of that is the bronze-andglass Seagram Building, designed
by modernist innovator Mies van
der Rohe. Pop into the flagship Louis
Vuitton—Moët Hennessy Tower, an
arched glass skyscraper that’s both
conspicuous and elegant. The Trump
Tower’s ostentatious atrium flaunts
E. 48th St.
E. 46th St.
A,C,E
5th Ave. at 42nd St.
E. 49th St.
Waldorf
Astoria
Hotel
W. 44th St.
START:
E. 51st St.
W. 46th St.
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NEW YORK
MIDTOWN ARCHITECTURE
E. 52nd St.
6
E. 50th St.
Radio City
Music Hall
B,D,F,M
E. 53rd St.
St. Bartholomew’s Church
Rockefeller
Center
END
W. 48th St.
E. 55th St.
E. 54th St.
E,M
Seagram
Building
E. 56th St.
First Ave.
1
Second Ave.
C,E
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Third Ave.
W. 51st St.
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[walking tour]
Lexington Ave.
W. 52nd St.
Trump
Tower
Park Ave.
W. 55th St.
Avenue of the Americas
W. 53rd St.
Nos. Nos.
13-15 9-11
Madison Ave.
W. 56th St.
B,D,E
E. 58th St.
E. 57th St.
Fifth Ave.
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Seventh Ave.
B ro a
Eighth Ave.
W. 54th St.
E. 59th St.
Louis Vuitton–
Moët Hennessy Tower
W. 58th St.
N,Q,R
N,Q,R,4,5,6
1/4 km
unbridled luxury, with expensive
boutiques and brass accents.
with oriel windows, heavy carvings,
and sweeping, paired staircases.
When you reach 54th St., turn right.
The two remaining 19th-century
mansions at Nos. 9–11 and Nos.
13–15 West 54th St. are in sharp
contrast to Midtown architecture.
Nos. 9–11 are inspired by Colonial
American architecture; note the small
iron balconies, splayed lintels, and
paneled keystones. Nos. 13–15 are a
grand, Renaissance-inspired structure
Finally, head south on 6th Ave.
for a landmark piece of Art Deco
architecture, Radio City Music Hall,
with its distinctive pink-and-blue neon
sign. Loop around through Rockefeller
Center, and finish by taking in the
plaza there with its stark lines and the
crowning statue of Prometheus.
BEST WALKING TOURS IN AMERICA / 5
a Beaux-Arts building modeled after a
Roman bath; it dominates the northwest
corner of Capitol Hill and is easily
accessible on the Metro Red Line.
Next door, the Smithsonian National
Postal Museum will delight philatelists.
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come right up to the massive U.S.
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has so many books, recordings, maps,
Capitol, which sits majestically at the
manuscripts, and photographs that it
east end of the Mall. Tours leave from
actually takes three buildings to get the
the Capitol Visitor Center, which is
job done. Inside the Jefferson Building,
located underneath the building. In
you can view the Great Hall, peek
front of the Capitol, on the south side,
into the Main Reading Room, and
is the United States Botanic Garden,
wander through changing exhibitions
the oldest botanic garden in North
related to the library’s holdings. Follow
America. Walk east on Independence
Pennsylvania Ave. south between 2nd
Ave., then north on 1st St., where the
and 6th streets. Take a break with the
Jefferson Building of the Library of
locals at any of the cozy restaurants,
Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court
sit side by side. The Library of Congress bars, and coffee shops that line this
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Washington, D.C., is a walking city,
especially around the Mall, where
America’s most famous monuments
are clustered. Start at Union Station,
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block. The Eastern Market on the
corner of 7th and C streets is the
perfect ending for this walk; it’s the
city’s oldest market and a community
fixture since 1873. Grab your picnic
supplies here or a handmade keepsake
from a local artist. The market is open
from Tuesday to Sunday and really
buzzes on weekends.
BEST WALKING TOURS IN AMERICA / 6
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Beat Museum
Language of Birds
City Lights Bookstore
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Vesuvio
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SAN FRANCISCO
NORTH BEACH BEATNIK WALK
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261 Columbus Ave.
Corner of Grant Ave. and Green St.
45 minutes, depending on how
long you linger
TIMING:
Home to American bohemia and
birthplace of the Beat Movement,
North Beach still crackles with the
energy of the revolutionary artists
who electrified a generation here
in the sixties. Start at City Lights,
the era’s epicenter of progressive
thought and the country’s most daring
publisher. Outside, neighboring Jack
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It firmly places the Beat Generation
in history; their rejection of the status
quo was an artistic reaction against
1950s Cold War conformism. They
were deeply influential in the antiestablishment counterculture of the ‘60s
as well. Head around the corner to
No. 1010 Montgomery; this is where
Allen Ginsberg wrote Howl.
Continue up Montgomery, turn left,
and walk up the Vallejo stairs and
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Kerouac Alley is inlaid with the words
of Kerouac, Maya Angelou, and
Confucius. At Vesuvio, an art-splashed
saloon, order a drink and soak up
the neighborhood’s vibe. Walk up to
Broadway and take in the public art
on the corner: Language of Birds is a
flock of illuminated books that appear
to have just taken flight. Notice the
words and phrases embedded in the
plaza floor that could have just fallen
from the pages. The Beat Museum
on Broadway is a quirky collection of
photos, books, music, and artifacts.
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onward to the venerable Caffe
Trieste, a favorite perch of Kerouac,
Ginsberg, and Charles Bukowski.
Head north up Grant to No. 1398,
where the Co-Existence Bagel Shop
(now long closed) served as the
living room of the Beat Generation
in the days when cops arrested kids
for wearing sandals. End the walk
by browsing Grant Ave.’s excellent
boutiques, and pick up some edgy
couture or vintage botanical prints.
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south from Lutetia (the Roman name
for Paris) to Italy. The upper half is
dotted with restaurants and bars that
cater to tourists and students; the
lower half is a lively morning market
Tuesday through Sunday. If the sun’s
shining, finish the walk by visiting the
Gallo-Roman Arènes de Lutèce, a
Roman amphitheater that was almost
completely destroyed by barbarians
in AD 280.
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Experience the counterculture and
creativity of the Left Bank, along with
stunning achitecture, 2nd-century
Gallo-Roman ruins, and the city’s
oldest street. Start at the Pont Neuf
for excellent views off the western
tip of the Ile de la Cité, and then
explore the island’s magnificent
architectural heritage, including the
Conciergerie, Sainte-Chapelle, and
Notre-Dame. There’s much to see at
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Gallo-Roman
steam baths. At the
The three windows below it contain
summit of the hill above the Sorbonne
some of France’s finest examples of
university is the imposing Panthéon,
12th-century stained-glass artistry. The
a monument to (and mausoleum of)
brave can climb the spiral staircase
French heroes. Don’t miss the exquisite
to the towers for a gargoyle’s-eye
Eglise St-Etienne-du-Mont next door,
view of the city. Detour through
where the relics of the city’s patron
neighboring Ile St-Louis and explore
Saint Geneviève are displayed.
the boutiques, cafés, and restaurants
Follow the Rue Descartes to the Rue
before heading into the medieval
Mouffetard, a winding cobblestone
labyrinth of the Quartier Latin. Its
street that is one of the city’s oldest
most valuable treasures are preserved
and was once a Roman road leading
in the Musée de Cluny, including the
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full day of exploring
This regal runaround packs more into
a day than most cities can offer in a
week. Hit Westminster Abbey early to
avoid the crowds, then cut through
St. James’s Park to catch the
Changing of the Guard at 11:30 am
at Buckingham Palace. (If the palace
doors are open, enjoy a peek at royal
life.) Take a quick detour to the Tudor
delights of St. James’s Palace, old
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National Gallery. At the southern point
of the square is a statue of Charles I on
a horse. Charles II had it placed here
in 1667, near the spot where his father
was executed in 1649.
After lunch, choose from the canvases
of the National Gallery (there
are more than 2,300 works, from
Michelangelo, Leonardo, Turner,
Monet, van Gogh, Picasso, and
more). Or check out who’s who at
the National Portrait Gallery. If your
energy is starting to flag, head over to
the crypt of St. Martin-in-the-Fields for
a little brass rubbing; it’s a fun way to
create your own keepsake. Finish with
a stately stroll down Whitehall—past
Downing St., Horse Guards Parade,
and Banqueting House—to the Houses
of Parliament, where you have the
option of pre-booking a tour or trying
to get in to see a debate.
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This is the official center of London,
dominated by the 170-foot Nelson’s
Column and its enormous bronze
lions. The lampposts on the south side,
heading down Whitehall, are topped
with ships—they all face Portsmouth,
home of the British navy. Check out
the statue of George Washington, a
gift from the state of Virginia in 1921,
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most celebrated 17th-century example
of Baroque exuberance, with Bernini’s
Fountain of the Four Rivers dead center.
Either grab a caffè table and watch
the world go by here, in front of 17thcentury Sant’Agnese in Agone, or
head on to the enchanting Piazza della
Pace, where Santa Maria della Pace
sits on a tiny piazzina; the scene is one
of Rome’s most attractive streetscapes.
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From Piazza della Rotonda take Via
Giustiniani to San Luigi dei Francesi
to see Caravaggio’s moving cycle of
paintings depicting the life of Saint
Matthew. These include the three
most famous canvases, The Calling
of Saint Matthew, The Inspiration of
Saint Matthew, and The Martyrdom
of Saint Matthew. Next, head to the
Baroque Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza.
Be sure to look up at the lantern of
Sant’Ivo: a swirling spiral shape like
whipped cream that is said to have
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was added later, sometime during the
Baroque period. Outside is another
remarkable sculpture, the Elephant
and Obelisk by Bernini, father of the
Baroque. The Egyptian obelisk sitting
atop the elephant was discovered
during nearby excavations in the
mid-1600s and the final work was
unveiled in 1667. Straight ahead lies
the Pantheon, one of the wonders
of the ancient Roman world. The
building’s dome remains the world’s
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are the Rome of your dreams, full of
terracotta-hued palaces, picturesque
squares, and one architectural
showstopper after another. Begin at the
super-opulent Il Gesù, the church that
introduced the Baroque style to 17thcentury Rome. Head toward Piazza
della Minerva and Santa Maria sopra
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The Eixample district is packed with
Barcelona’s best architectural examples
of the Catalan Art Nouveau. Starting
in the Plaça de Catalunya, walk up
Passeig de Gràcia until you reach the
corner of Consell de Cent. Here is the
Manzana de la Discòrdia (the Block
of Discord), where the three great
figures of Barcelona’s late-19th-century
mbla
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C. de Marina
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Arc de Triomf
C. del Dos de Maig
C. de Cartagena
Plaça de
Gaudí
Tetuán
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del Nord
to the undulating stone façade and
twisted iron balconies. Do take time
to see the roof, the Gaudí museum,
and the early-20th-century apartment.
Just around the corner, on Avinguda
Diagonal, is Puig i Cadafalch’s Palau
Baró de Quadras; it’s just two minutes
from the architect’s Nordic castle
fantasy, the Casa de les Punxes. From
here it’s only a 10-minute stroll to
Passeig de Sant Joan and yet another
Puig i Cadafalch masterpiece, Casa
C. del Rosseló
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Moderniste movement—Lluis Domènech
i Montaner, Josep Puig i Cadafalch, and
Antoni Gaudí—went head to head with
three radically different buildings: Casa
Lleó Morera, Casa Amatller, and Casa
Batlló. The Casa Montaner i Simó—
Fundació Tàpies, with its wire sculpture
Núvol i cadira (Cloud and Chair) by
Antoni Tàpies, is just west, around the
corner on Carrer d’Aragó. Swing by
Casa Domènech i Estapà on Carrer de
Valencia for a more conservative take
on the Art Nouveau movement. Gaudí’s
Casa Milà was controversial thanks
C. de Valènci de Llúria
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Macaya. By this time you’re only three
blocks from Gaudí’s Temple Expiatori
de la Sagrada Família (set aside half
the day for this masterpiece). Finish off
the tour with a stroll over to Domènech
i Montaner’s Hospital de Sant Pau,
another Moderniste monument and a
World Heritage Site. Tours are offered
in English daily.
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of the former border between East and
West Berlin and illuminates the effects
the Wall had on the city: it cut through
streets, neighborhoods, and even
buildings. Start at Potsdamer Platz,
the heart of New Berlin, where the
two halves of the formerly divided city
have grown together and where a tiny
stretch of the Berlin Wall still stands.
Walk south along Stresemanstrasse
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is where a Turkish immigrant named
Osman Kalin planted vegetables in
the shadow of the Wall. Little did he
know that this piece of land actually
belonged to East Berlin but the Wall
had missed it. His family still grows
onions and cabbages on the plot.
Even the most bizarre circumstances
were normal in Cold War Berlin—and
some of these oddities have survived
the change of times. End the walk
by crossing the Spree River at the
Schilling Bridge. Turn right to walk
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from Potsdamer Platz, and then head
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blocks to the Checkpoint Charlie
Museum. Continue east to the modest
column engraved “He only wanted
freedom,” in German, at Zimmerstrasse
15, commemorating Peter Fechter, an
18-year-old who was shot and killed
while trying to escape to the West.
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parallel to the river. Fast-forward on
Mühlenstrasse to the famous East Side
Gallery, where artists from all over the
world decorated the 4,000-some-foot
remaining stretch of wall with colorful
murals. Unfortunately, a section was
demolished to construct a riverside
condo, and the future of this iconic
piece of the wall remains unclear.
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Berlin, Halie Cousineau/Fodor’s Travel.
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Paris, S-F/Shutterstock.
Back cover, kapitaen/iStockphoto.
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