The mighty wall that once cleaved this city in two was demolished 25 years ago. On the eve of this historic anniversary, Hilda Hoy and Solveig Steinhardt revisited the Berlin Wall’s most lasting imprints on the city – from physical to political to psychol
The Berlin Wall has fallen! Explore the Wall's footprints on the city 25 years on.
E verything can change in just two and a half decades – and in Berlin, everything has. What was once one of the most notorious divided territories in the world, one in which former countrymen were kept apart under threat of persecution and even death, is now a united capital city once again. In the 25 years since the Berlin Wall was struck down, the city has bloomed. The desolate wastelands that were the Wall’s grimly yet fittingly nicknamed “Death Strip” are now home to parks and modern buildings. Freedom is taken for granted. Locals and tourists alike step blithely over the line of cobblestones (p. 39) that marks the Mauerweg where the impenetrable wall once stood.
This month, to mark the momentous anniversary of 9 November, 1989, the city will be lighting up the Mauerweg for an entire weekend. From 7 November, a 15-km stretch through the city center will be lined with glowing helium balloons, which will then be released up into the sky at dusk on the 9th, a buoyant reminder of the freedom that this city has enjoyed for two and a half decades. There's a lot to discover about the Berlin Wall. Take a walk along the Mauerweg, marked in pink on our map (p. 73) and explore the history and stories of the infamous barrier.