On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall crumbled. It was the climax of peaceful revolutions across Eastern Europe that would pave the way for German reunification and the spread of democracy across the continent.
The abrupt end to Berlin’s three decades of physical division triggered great upheaval and the German capital continues to undergo change because of it to this day.
Many traces of the Wall were quickly destroyed, though some sections do still remain as poignant reminders of this painful period in German history. Watchtowers still stand at the corner of some quiet streets, parts of the Wall sit in apartment courtyards and memorials across the city remember the victims of the most tangible part of the Iron Curtain.
The Local explores five significance sites during Berlin’s years of division.