Did You Know? Berlin Issues Fake DDR Passport Stamps
If you typically keep your passport locked up in the hotel safe while exploring a city, you're going to want to take it out on the town when you visit Berlin. You'll get the official stamp when you land at the airport, but you can get additional vintage and historical stamps for 1 Euro each at a small tourist shop in East Berlin (and occasionally near Brandenburg Gate).
What kind of stamps are we talking? They all come from a time when the Wall still stood and the city was separated into East and West Berlin. Think Checkpoint Charlie East and West, the Police of East Berlin, and the Wall House.
The stamps are available at a tourist shop on Mühlenstraße in front of the Floating Lounge and the Eastern Comfort Hostel Boat along the Spree River.
NOTE: Do keep in mind that these are not real passport stamps and they may draw attention to your passport or questions when visiting other countries. For this reason, we advise receiving the stamps on a souvenir piece of paper, or a Berlin postcard.
[Photos: Will McGough]