About the Berlin Wall

 

The fall of the Berlin Wall

marked the end of an era

Die einst geteilte Stadt Berlin
The once divided front city

This turning point in Berlin’s history marks the end of the bitterly Cold War during which the city, divided by the victorious powers into sectors and later, in 1961, into two absolutely different halves by the Wall – became the front city in the conflict between the two world powers.

After the peaceful revolution in the GDR and the reunification of Germany, the once-divided city rose like a Phoenix from the ashes. The 1991 decicion to make Berlin the capital of Germany triggered a building boom of an unprecedented scale, which would ones again profoundly change the life and image of the city. In the city center spectacular new buildings were erected and world famous squares, which seemed to have been lost forever with the construction of the Berlin Wall, were rebuilt. On Pariser Platz and Potsdamer Platz, once wastelands along the Wall, now life pulsates – and tempting nightlife, too, – almost like never before.

The quality of life has changed tremendously in Berlin since the Wall fell. The capital and its vibrant restaurant scene are today the most important partner to the region’s producers.

Since the beginning of 2018, we have lived without this Wall of shame for as long as we once had suffered with. For tourists, the Berlin Wall can (virtually) fall again: Virtual-reality companies are offering a new way to look at historic sites.

On November 9, 2019, we celebrate 30 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall.