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11 top events on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

What you can't miss in the jubilee year

Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall © iStock.com, Foto: Franckreporter

We are right in the middle of it - in the year of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On 9 November 1989 the Wall fell and Germany was reunited. Berlin has not been a divided city since then - and this needs to be duly celebrated. Therefore this year there is a lot going on around the anniversary. We present you 11 events and tips, with which you can already get in the right mood for the 9th of November.  

Tip 1: Festival Week "30 Years Peaceful Revolution / Fall of the Wall"

30th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall
© © Kulturprojekte Berlin; unter Verwendung eines Fotos von Harf Zimmermann und historischen Fotos von Rolf Walter und der Stiftung Aufarbeitung / Bestand Klaus Mehner
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Around 9 November 2019, a whole festival week will take place in Berlin celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall. This week, Berlin will become an open-air exhibition area. Therefore, open-air stages will be created at seven locations in the city - they were all original locations of the events of 1989/90. Be impressed by the productions and projections. 

When: 4th until 10th November

Where: different locations

More information about the festival

Tip 2: Concert at 9th of November

30 Years of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Art Installation at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Art Installation -Your Vision in the Sky over Berlin- © © Kunstinstallation Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics, kuratiert von Kulturprojekte Berlin

There will be a concert on the evening of 9 November at the Brandenburg Gate. Numerous artists whose stories or music are connected with the fall of the Wall are expected. They want to show us what the Peaceful Revolution has achieved and why it was so important.

When: 9th November

Where: Brandenburg Gate

More information about the concert

Tip 3: Cycle along the Wall bike path   

East Side Gallery  - Theodor Tehzik "Big Kremlin's Wind"
East Side Gallery - Theodor Tehzik "Big Kremlin's Wind" © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel
Wall Cycle Path along the East Side Gallery

If you have never cycled along the Wall bike path before, then now is the time - in the year of 30 years of the fall of the Wall. The whole route is almost 160 km long - so you need time and breath. Or you only drive parts of the way, like the Wall Trail through the city or through the green Brandenburg around West Berlin.

When: best while it's still beautiful outside

Where: through the middle of Berlin or around the former West-Berlin

More information about the Berlin Wall bike path

Tip 4: nineties Berlin – Multimedia Exhibition

Alte Münze in Berlin
Alte Münze in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Jan Frontzek
Alte Münze

The wall is gone and everything is possible - this feeling in Berlin of the 90s is what the exhibition nineties Berlin wants to bring you closer to. With a 270° multimedia experience, you will immerse yourself in the Berlin 90s - including the Love Parade, subcultures and creative playgrounds.

When: daily from 10am until 8pm

Where: Alte Münze, Molkenmarkt 2, Mitte

More information about the exhibition

Tip 5: Exhibition "Ost-Berlin – Die halbe Hauptstadt" (East Berlin - The half capital)

Ephraim-Palais in Berlin
Ephraim-Palais in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Ephraim-Palais

The Stadtmuseum Berlin and the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung show you the history of the "GDR capital" from the 1960s to 1990, where you can learn a lot about life and everyday life in East Berlin.

When: until 9th November

Where: Ephraim-Palais, Poststraße 16, Mitte

More information about the exhibition

Tip 6: Memorial Berlin Hohenschönhausen

GDR-tower at Berlin Hohenschönhausen Memorial
GDR-tower at Berlin Hohenschönhausen Memorial © Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen
Memorial Berlin Hohenschönhausen

The memorial Berlin Hohenschönhausen is located in the former Stasi prison. During the GDR era, opposition members, escape helpers and political prisoners were held here. Today you can take part in guided tours by contemporary witnesses. So you get an authentic impression of the prison - much has been preserved.

When: daily from 9am until 6pm

Where: Memorial Berlin Hohenschönhausen, Genslerstraße 66, Hohenschönhausen

More information about the momorial

Tip 7: Exhibition "Nach dem Mauerfall: Daniel Biskup" (After the fall of the Berlin Wall: Daniel Biskup)

Trabi-tent at the Museum in der Kulturbrauerei
Trabi-tent at the Museum in der Kulturbrauerei © Stiftung Haus der Geschichte, Foto: Stephan Klonk
Museum in the Kulturbrauerei

In the museum in the Kulturbrauerei you can still see previously unpublished, private pictures of Daniel Biskup until the end of August. The photographer travelled from 1990 to 1995 through East Germany after reunification. These photos were taken during this time - they show people in a time of political upheaval.

When: until 25th August

Where: Museum in the Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstraße 97, Prenzlauer Berg

More information about the exhibition

Tip 8: Exhibition "Durch Mauern gehen" (Walking through walls)

Martin-Gropius-Bau with Berlin Wall
Martin-Gropius-Bau with Berlin Wall © visitBerlin, Foto: Martin Gentischer
Gropius Bau

The Gropius Building is located on the former Wall - in the anniversary year of 30 years of the fall of the Wall, the current exhibition offers you a national and international perspective on the consequences of divided societies. The exhibition includes works by Jose Dávila, Mona Hatoum and Nadia Kaabi-Linke.

When: from 12th September till 12th January

Where: Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, Mitte

More information about the exhibition

Tip 9: 100 Miles Berlin: Wall run 2019

Remains of the Berlin Wall
Remains of the Berlin Wall © iStock.com; Foto: Yuriz
Berlin Wall

The 100 Miles Berlin run leads around western Berlin - on the former patrol path of the GDR border troops. Each metre reminds us of the history of German division, when people were separated from each other by the Wall and barbed wire.

When: 17th and 18th August

Where: Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark, Cantianstraße 24, Prenzlauer Berg

More information about the run

Tip 10: Exhibition "1961 to 1989. The Berlin Wall" at the Berlin Wall Memorial

Former border at Berlin Wall Memorial
Former border at Berlin Wall Memorial © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Berlin Wall Memorial

In the anniversary year one place should not be missing from the list: the Berlin Wall Memorial in Bernauer Strasse. The exhibition tells you everything about the Wall and the division of Germany. With numerous objects, biographical documents and audiovisual media, the exhibition combines political and everyday history. 

Wann: Tuesday till Sunday from 10am until 6pm

Where: Berlin Wall memorial at Bernauer Straße, Prenzlauer Berg / Wedding

More information about the exhibition

Tip 11: Exhibition André Kirschner

Berlinische Galerie - Hausansicht
© Berlinische Galerie, Foto: Noshe
Berlinische Galerie

To mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Berlinische Galerie is showing the series "Stadtrand Berlin". In the years 1993 and 1994 - when Berlin was reunited - André Kirchner took photos at the historical city border. The photographer chose the former border checkpoint Drewitz as his starting point - his gaze was directed towards the city. Until 29 July you could still look at the photos.

When: only until 29th of July

Where: Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, Mitte

More information about the exhibition

Of course, there are many more events in Berlin regarding the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  

P.S.: Another authentic place of German division is the Marienfelde transit camp memorial - for many fugitives from the GDR the first station in the West.

Verena: visitBerlin Blogger for visitBerlin.de/blog

Verena

lived already in Kiel, Düsseldorf, San Francisco and Gothenburg, but she was always sure she would return to her hometown Berlin. And she is going to stay a while. For the blog she is exploring the food scene of Berlin and looking for the best hummus in town (besides her own homemade hummus).

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