More than one million people are expected to visit Berlin this weekend as the German city celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, according to tourist organization Visit Berlin.
Some visitors from Germany and around the world on Saturday took pictures in front of the graffiti-covered remnants of the Wall, the AFP reports. Others observed the 7,000 white balloons that are tethered along the Wall’s path and will be released Sunday to conclude three days of festivities. The installation, called Lichtgrenze or ‘Light Wall’ creates a striking reminder of the wall which once severed Berlin into two.
“I think you never forget how you felt that day — at least I will never forget it,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in the East Germany, in one of her podcasts. “I had to wait 35 years for that feeling of liberty. It changed my life.”
The Wall, which was established by East Germany in 1961 and was roughly 96 miles long, split the already-divided country’s capital into West Berlin and East Berlin. After weeks of civil protests, the government of Eastern Germany opened up the partition on Nov. 9, 1989, allowing residents to travel to the west side. The chipping away of the wall followed, but its actual demolition didn’t truly begin until the following year, just a few months before Germany would officially reunite.
[More information: Time Magazine
The pictures below show some of the 7000 balloons – some next to remaining sections of the wall and others reminding us all of where it once was:
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