Sunday, November 8, 2009

20th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down

November 9, 2009 is the 20th Anniversay of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Wikipedia tells us: The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a concrete barrier erected by the German Democratic Republic (GDR) (East Germany) that completely encircled the city of West Berlin, separating it from East Germany, including East Berlin. The Wall included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area (later known as the "death strip") that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses.

There will be many activities and celebrations including U2 singing a free concert at the famous Brandenburg Gate. Ironically the concert organizers are building a wall 20ft high barrier around the free concert so only people who have (the free) tickets can see!

From our trip to Berlin in May 2008: In Berlin they mark where the wall was using bricks and metal markers that show where the wall used to be.

They have pieces of the wall on display in Potsdammer Platz.

The wall used to be in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

Near the Check Point Charlie museum is a replica of the Checkpoint. This is how you would get from the American/British/French sectors to the Russian Sector.

BonusHasselhoff: David Hasselhoff did not bring the Berlin wall down, but he was there to sing over the ruins.

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