In 1955, the Soviets gave East Germany authority over civilian movement in Berlin, passing control to a regime not recognized in the West.  Initially, East Germany granted "visits" to allow its residents access to West Germany. However, following the defection of large numbers of East Germans under this regime, the new East German state legally restricted virtually all travel to the West in 1956.  Soviet East German ambassador Mikhail Pervukhin observed that "the presence in Berlin of an open and essentially uncontrolled border between the socialist and capitalist worlds unwittingly prompts the population to make a comparison between both parts of the city, which unfortunately does not always turn out in favour of Democratic [East] Berlin." 
Few Tips for those applying for a German Tourist Visa 1. The German Passport Requirements are 32 * 42 mm. Different from the 2" by 2" requirements for passport. But it is ok. Take the latter & don't cut it. The person at the counter shall do the needful. Note : There is a CVS near to the Embassy where you can take the pics. Just FYI 2. Parking : The parking in the embassy is limited. miles down, there is a safeway above which there is paid parking. It is but a short walk from there to the embassy. 3. Have all the documents in order as specified by the website. you should be good & done fast. Needed to get a schengen visa and so scheduled an appointment for this. Easy street parking is available closeby. Have the documents as requested by them with roundtrip flights and accomodation. Easy process to submit the paperwork and they mail back the passports with the visas. Went for the EU Embassies Open House and Germany/France hosted their open houses at the German embassy. This was one of the best stops; the grounds were extensive, the facilities beautiful, and the staff and volunteers working the event were friendly. They did a good job at getting corporate sponsors; Air France and Haribo had a presence as well as some other groups, and they gave out tons of free products and food. I recently attended a party here and it was extremely well done. The layout is very nice and open. Appetizers and open bar made for a good crowd, they had Erdinger on tap there, and plenty of tiny sausages, quiches, and tomato dishes. A dessert of berries and cream rounded out the evening. All the staff were extremely accommodating and friendly. I'd definitely look into this place as a venue if you're hosting anything up to 400 people. The Germans know how to throw a party! Open embassy day with the Germans was the most fun! Haribo! Bratwurst! Gerolsteiner! Temporary tatoos! Danke! I'll be back next year! The Embassy of The Federal Republic of Germany Unclaimed This business has not yet been claimed by the owner or a representative.