2014 is a historic year for Berlin. Twenty-five years ago the most significant event in recent German history occurred: on 9th November 1989 the Berlin Wall fell and Berlin stopped being a divided city.
The light installation made of 8,000 balloons will be forming a 12 kilometer long light border in the city center that will run along the former course of the Wall, and present a “symbol of hope for a world without borders”.
Starting point of the “border of light” is the former border crossing BornholmerStraße. It runs through the Mauerpark, past Berlin Wall Memorial, follows the banks of the river Spree near the Reichstag building right up to Brandenburg Gate, PotsdamerPlatz and the Spree to Oberbaumbrücke. In the evening, the balloons are released into theopen skies, symbolosing the end of the city’s division.If the weather cooperates, the light installation will even be visible from outer space.
Many special events and exhibitions are planned in Berlin. On the 9th of November a festival around Brandenburg Gate at Straße des 17.Juniwill take place. The festival programme includes live music, artistic performances and video projections. Different singers, such as UdoLindenberg and Peter Gabriel are participating. The museums of Berlin will present special exhibitions dedicated to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Special guided tours to the most significant historical places in different languages will also be available.
Millions of visitors from different parts of the world will take place in this unique celebration and share their ideas about freedom, the division of the city, the Cold War and the events leading up to peaceful reunification in 1989-1990. You will have an opportunity to know more about the history of Berlin, and see the city as it is now – a vibrant metropolis and a place of inspiration, ideas and vision.
Sources: berlin.de traveltrade.visitberlin.de mauer.visitberlin.de
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