Freedom Without Walls - Fall of the Wall
1989 - 2009
The fall of the Berlin wall 20 years ago marked the beginning of a new era in history. It was the end of the Cold War, the beginning of a fully united Europe and proof that peaceful change is possible, even in the moments when it seems most unlikely.
The German Information Center has announced the winners of two nationwide contests in which college students delivered speeches and created works of art that dealt with the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Freedom Without Walls Contests
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.
Berlin Wall Timeline
What happened to the 96-mile ring of concrete that once surrounded West Berlin? Some pieces are in Germany, but many also found their way abroad, including over 50 complete segments in the United States. Browse our interactive map to see where they are.
Berlin Wall in the USA
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.
Traces of the Wall
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.
Inner German Border
On the occasion of the anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall we asked our readers, "where were you when the wall came down?" Read what Germany.info readers told us about their personal and moving memories of that historic event.
Wall Stories 2006
In celebrating the 20th anniversary of the peaceful revolution that brought down the Wall, we will profile over the course of 2009 important East Germans who have shaped beyond all physical borders the cultural, intellectual and political life of postwar Germany and Europe.