25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

fall of the wall Enlarge image The border between East and West Germany is opened on November 9, 1989. (© picture alliance / akg)

The year 2014 is a year of remembrance, marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - a monumental day in history that led to Germany's reunification. This year is filled with events and ceremonies commemorating the fall of the wall, as well as reflections on a formerly divided Germany. 

Our year-long campaign will take a close look at the events of November 9, 1989, providing historical context that gives greater meaning to that fateful day.

Berlin Wall 1961-1989 © picture-alliance/dpa

Traces of the Wall: Relive History in Berlin

Within a decade of the wall falling, Berlin achieved something momentous; it became commonplace for Berliners to cross between East and West Berlin without thinking much of it. Today, the city is working to ensure that the world remembers just how extraordinary an every day trip across town can be.

The Brandenburg Gate at the heart of the city behind the Berlin Wall. © picture-alliance/dpa

Looking Back at the Fall of the Berlin Wall

On November 9, 1989, jubilant crowds gathered on both sides of the Berlin Wall to celebrate the opening of border crossings between eastern and western parts of the city. Germany's postwar division was over and national unity came less than a year later.

New Year's Eve

Wall Stories

During the weeks leading up to the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we will be recording the experiences of some of our colleagues. We asked each of them one question: where were you when the wall came down on November 9, 1989?

Border Post © picture-alliance/dpa

From No Man's Land to Nature Preserve – The Inner German Border

The iron curtain may be a blemish in history, but the former border between East and West Germany is a jewel of nature today.  Conservationists are working to preserve the unique eco-systems that flourished in the former no man's land.

climbing the wall

German Reunification: Words You Need to Know

What do you call a former East German who longs for the "good old days"? How about someone whose political convictions took a 180-degree turn after reunification? Our reunification dictionary will explain German words related to the fall of the wall!

"Liberty Train"

Liberty Train –The Journey of Christian Bürger

30 September 1989: Over 4,000 people squeeze into the gardens of the West German Embassy in Prague. The West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher addresses them: “We’re here today to tell you that today your emigration …”

Germany in Europe - Juniata College

2014-2015 Partner Universities

Check out our list of schools that are participating in our 2014-2015 campus weeks across the US. Through essay contests, fall of the wall celebrations, speaker events, movie screenings and other unique events, these colleges and universities are launching a nationwide remembrance of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Austin College - Cabaret Evening

Campus Weeks Photo Gallery

Universities across the US are participating in our 2014-2015 campus weeks campaign, in which they are paying special attention to the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall. Check out these photos to see how schools are celebrating German history, culture and traditions!

25th Anniversary

25 Years Fall of the Wall
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A plaque marks the former location of the Berlin Wall.

Genscher and the Refugees at the Prague Embassy in 1989

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In September 1989, thousands of refugees from East Germany occupied the West Germany Embassy in Prague. After some tough negotiations in New York, then foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, standing on the embassy balcony, spoke the words that would resolve the crisis and make history: "We have come to you..."

10 Creative Ways People Crossed The Inner German Border

escape tunnel

Some went over, others went under and some went right through it!