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At the Berlin Wall Memorial

The symbol of division

Last year marked 25th anniversary of historic political changes in Eastern Europe and Berlin due to its significance was at the heart of it. Poland celebrated its silver anniversary on the 4th of June. Although I do not remember the 1989 parliamentary elections, I will never forget my parents’ excitement the following year, when they finally had a chance to vote in the first democratic presidential elections.

As Communism began to falter and the changes behind the Iron Curtain were in motion, the 9th of November marked the fall of the Berlin Wall. It became a powerful symbol of the end of the Cold War and the end of an era.

Berlin Wall Memorial

Berlin Wall Memorial

When visiting Berlin it is difficult to omit any of its landmarks related to the Wall. They are an important part of the city and they are certainly very influential. Cutting-edge developments, alternative spirit and creative energy? Yes, Berlin has it and to large extent because of its past.

The Berlin Wall and the boarder strip

Berlin Wall Memorial, located in the center of the capital, is next to the historic site on Bernauer Strasse and extends along 1.4 kilometers of the former border strip. It offers a close-up look not only at the historical milestones but also experiences of people who saw the Wall constructed and who suffered from the division and the imposed boundaries.

Remains of the Berlin Wall

Remains of the Berlin Wall

An open-air exhibition, the memorial grounds and the visitor center include a variety of audio and video materials delivering a wide range of stories. I found them very engaging and extremely vivid. Some of them painted the history of Bernauer Strasse and others took me on a journey through the daily madness of the Berlin Wall and many tough decisions that Berliners had to face back then. I also peaked into what was taking place in West Berlin and watched the footage of the demolition. Compelling, captivating and very touching. I highly recommend visiting!

How to get there

S-Bahn (S1, S2, S25)
S-Bahnhof Nordbahnhof

Admission is free.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Aleksandra
    February 26, 2015 at 12:22 am

    It was a big breakthrough for all of us, I lived at that time in Gdańsk the heart of the revolutionary movement in Poland and my parents were also all about it! Great post thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Weronika Anna
      February 26, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Aleksandra! I would not even know where to start when talking about historical significance of Gdańsk. What a city!

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