25 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall in 2014

25 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall in 2014

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.

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.

Anniversary year 2014 highlights:

16th - 17th August 2014: 100MilesBerlin - The Berlin wall trail run 2014
September 2014: 50th Anniversary of Martin-Luther King's visit in Berlin (at Memorial Bernauer Straße)
4th-8th September 2014: 20th Anniversary of Allies farewell to Berlin
9th November 2014: 25th Anniversary Fall of the Berlin Wall