The Fall of the Berlin Wall – 20 Years Later

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on November 16th, 2009

It’s hard to believe that it has already been twenty years since November 9, 1989.  This was the day that Gunter Schabowski announced that the wall separating Eastern and Western Germany would come down, thus ending communism in Germany, and symbolizing the triumph of democracy.

On the 20th anniversary of this monumental event, the city of Berlin celebrated with ‚ÄúFestival of Freedom‚Äù.¬† ¬†Residents set up a foam wall, made of over 1000 tiles along where the wall used to stand, and then knocked it over, U2 performed at the Brandenburg Gate and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter addressed the anniversary with pages dedicated to the event.¬† At the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, a replica of the wall has been constructed where visitors can sign their names and write their messages, just as the Germans had on the original wall.¬† Ripley‚Äôs Believe it or Not Museum in Orlando, Florida even has an exhibit with a 10×10 foot section of the wall, available for guests to see and touch.

Next time you take a trip to Berlin, let us arrange for you the Super Berlin Tour.  This tour includes a stop to the East Side Gallery,  you will see remains of the Berlin Wall and will visit the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie Museum.  The museum was named for one of the main gateways between East and West Berlin, and originally opened in 1962 in a 2 room apartment.  This museum relates the history of the Berlin Wall, and stories of failed and successful escapes.

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