25 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall

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25 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall

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– © Kulturprojekte Berlin/Christopher Bauder
– © Kulturprojekte Berlin/Christopher Bauder
– © Kulturprojekte Berlin/Christopher Bauder

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will come on 9 November 2014. Many special events and exhibitions to commemorate the anniversary of this historic event are planned across the city. Themes include the division of the city, the Cold War and the events leading up to peaceful reunification in 1989-1990. Berlin visitors will also have the chance to gain some insight into the history of Berlin as a divided city and the significance of the Wall for the city's residents. Events will include guided cycling tours along the Wall Trail, visits to the former watchtowers, the East Side Gallery and a tour of former East Berlin in a real East German Trabant car.

Events and dates on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall (PDF)

The high point will be in the autumn during the weekend of 9 November. A special light installation will be set up along the former course of the Wall as a "symbol of hope for a world without walls". Made of thousands illuminated, helium-filled balloons, a border made of light will run for twelve kilometres across the city centre for the entire weekend: from the former border crossing at Bornholmer Straße through the Mauerpark (Berlin Wall Park), along Bernauer Straße, past the Berlin Wall Memorial, then to the river Spree near the Reichstag , the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, Checkpoint Charlie and finally to Kreuzberg and along the Spree to the Oberbaumbrücke.

Berliners and visitors will be invited to stroll along the course of the Wall to remember and visualise the extent of the former division. At five spots, the white balloons will be released into the air as a commemoration of the opening of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago and to reclaim the symbol of the peaceful revolution of 1989. Spectacular images of the events surrounding the anniversary will go around the world. If the weather cooperates, the light installation will even be visible from outer space.

25 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Find out more about Berlin's most thrilling breakthrough and its impacts on mauer.visitberlin.de/en

To Event Calendar from 10/07/2014 to 11/09/2014