November 9 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Berliners are expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors to their city this fall, due to this historic anniversary.

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is on November 9, 2014. This is a historic anniversary that once again puts Berlin in the international spotlight. The German capital is expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors from Germany and abroad to come this autumn. They will find Berlin to have become a cosmopolitan, creative city that has experienced an evolution in the past quarter century unlike almost anywhere else in the world.

To mark the anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the city will be hosting a series of special events and exhibitions. Themes include the division of the city, the Cold War and the events leading up to pe- aceful reunification in 1989. The highlight of the festivities on the an- niversary weekend itself, is when a light installation made up of 8,000 helium-filled balloons will run for fifteen kilometres along the former course of the Wall. From the 7th to the 9th of November, this “light border” will make an impressive statement to Berliners and guests alike by reminding them once again of the serious impact the appro- ximately three decades of division had on the city and it’s people. A 12 kilometer long human chain along the light border will be formed on the 9th of November, a symbolic installation created by thousands of people, Berliners and visitors together, to demonstrate the dimensi- ons of the wall.

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OTHER EVENTS

“Mauer keine Dauer” (Wall with a Short Life) – artist Ben Wagin is planning to reconstruct the Berlin Wall with file folders to mark the anniversary. Wagin seeks to point out that the Berlin Wall was once just a plan, a concept developed by bureaucrats (and stored in file fol- ders). The finished project will be displayed in the Bundestag Library. It will also be on display at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on November 11.

The Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft, an organisation dedicated to preserving the history of East German resistance, will also be partici- pating in the commemoration with its series “Room for Resistance: Peaceful Revolution”. Together with Berlin’s Zionskirche, the society invites guests to attend panel discussions, church services and exhi- bitions to be held on a regular basis from April to October this year. The majority of the other activities and events will take place thro- ughout autumn. In addition to the planned events and art projects, a series of new exhibitions will open in Berlin. On November 9, 2014, the permanent exhibition at the Berlin Wall Documentation Centre will reopen after a year’s renovation. A memorial service and opening ce- remony will be held in the adjacent Chapel of Reconciliation.

The Spy Museum has opened this past summer. Rare exhibits will show the work of the intelligence agencies during the Cold War. In Berlin visitors will also have the chance to gain some insight into the history of Berlin as a divided city and the significance of the Wall for the city’s residents. Events will include guided cycling tours along the Wall Trail, visits to the former watchtowers, the East Side Gallery and a tour of former East Berlin in a real East German Trabant car.

The Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra will be giving a concert to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall on November 9.

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AUTUMN IN BERLIN

As the season changes, Berlin changes its look, too, as the leaves on the city’s estimated 440,000 trees change colour to cranberry reds, pumpkin browns and honey yellows. The street cafes reposition their chairs to catch the waning rays of the sun while the green spaces in the city’s parks are covered with a carpet of the same red leaves that are dancing on the waters of the city’s canals and rivers. Apples and pears replace tomatoes and squash at the Winterfeld market while the Grunewald is full of aromas indicating mushroom-hunting season. All of these are signs that autumn has come to Germany’s capital and that it is the perfect time for a walk through the city. There is a lot to do in this season in Berlin.

Three historical ensembles of Berlin are, according to the UNESCO, of extraordinary cultural importance and thus worthy of preservati- on. In the UNESCO World Heritage List were recorded the Museum Island, the landscape of palaces and gardens between Berlin and Potsdam, and six Berlin Modernist housing estates. They are examp- of their eras.

The Museum Island in Berlin is the northern tip of the Spree Island – and it is also a magnificent work of art itself, involving five world- renowned museums gathered in an extraordinary ensemble.

Since 1999, the museum complex in the city centre of Berlin has been the only architectural and cultural ensemble that is considered part of UNESCO World Heritage. At the southern part of the island, near the Schlossbrücke bridge and the Berlin Cathedral, the Altes Mu- seum (Old Museum) can be found, which is located nearby the Lust- garten. In the northern part, there is the New Museum as well as the Alte Nationalgalerie. On the Kupfergraben side of the island can be found the Pergamon Museum. And last but not least there is the Bode Museum.

The Pergamon Museum has about one million visitors per year and thus is the most visited museum in Berlin. Since 2013, the Pergamon Museum has been undergoing renovations. During the current stage of renovations, the hall containing the Pergamon Altar will close at the end of September 2014 and will remain closed to the public for five years, due for reopening in 2019. The South Wing of the Perga- mon Museum, featuring the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon, and the Museum of Islamic Art,

Apart from the museums, the gallery scene leads the way for con- temporary art. Locations include the Halle am Wasser (close to the central train station), the City West in Charlottenburg, anywhere on and around Auguststrasse in Berlin’s Mitte district, or Potsdamer Strasse.

While in Berlin, make sure to visit the capital city’s countless att- ractions: the planetarium, the aquarium and the wax work museum, amongst many others. It is guaranteed to be an unforgettable trip.