The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Germany Celebrates 20 Years of Freedom


Berlin WallIn the days and weeks to come, all eyes are on Berlin, Germany’s capital city. For November 9 marks the 20th anniversary of  a day of historical culmination in a once divided country: the fall of the Berlin Wall. Historical museums worldwide have fragments of the crumbled Berlin Wall (once nearly 27 miles long) on display as they try to piece together a series of political events during the Cold War that lead to Germany’s reinvention after nearly three decades of division between East and West Berlin, a region deprived of any freedom.

Unless you were on site 20 years ago and part of a crowd of thousands of people ecstatic and in tears on the day and hour the wall fell, one cannot even begin to fathom the emotions that the people of Berlin experienced as they saw the happening of the wall’s breach right before their own eyes.

On November 9, 2009, however, to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall, the city of Berlin is attempting to evoke the flow of overwhelming emotions amongst Germans and people all over the world with the reenactment of the fall of the Wall with informative exhibits and events. Perhaps the highlight of this special occasion event is the wall of large dominoes setup by schoolchildren that will be ostensibly brought down via a demonstrative domino effect. The last piece will be knocked down and fall at the Brandenburg Gate (widely seen as the symbol of German division) sparking a vivid display of fireworks.

If you’re in the Berlin area in the days to come there is plenty to see and do that will take you on a historical journey allowing a glimpse into what it was like before, during and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Knowledge That Travels has compiled a list of events and sightseeing musts for the Berlin visitor:

  • [Tue – Sun until] November 8th:
    Moments in Time 1989/1990 (Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen)
  • [Daily until] November 14th:
    Peaceful Revolution (open-air exhibition at Alexanderplatz depicting the events of the day in history 1989/90)
  • November 1:
    Berlin Cross Country Race (race your way through the historical city passing some of the most poignant monuments)
  • November 9:
    Festival of Freedom (Brandenburg Gate, starts at 5 p.m. — watch 1000 dominoes falling)

Stay informed: Read what people are saying on the Berlin Twitter Wall

For a full list of events, visit the official homepage.

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