Berlin. 25 years later. Welcome.

From divided city to global metropolis. 25 years after the Fall of the Wall, Berlin is “the place to be”, the city of change – of a positive change from the Iron Curtain, dividing people into the eastern and western hemisphere, an allegory of the Cold War, towards freedom, tolerance, creativity and the lightness of being. Through the Fall of the Wall, Berlin became a symbol of hope for people still living in bondage.

For this year’s 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, we are writing 25 feature stories about Berlin: What exactly creates the fascination of Berlin, the invisible magnetism, which attracts people from all over the world? What’s Berlin’s image in many people’s eyes? How did the Berliners use their historical chance? With our articles we want to give answers to all these questions and at the same time we’d like to give you an overview and thematic suggestions for your coverage about one of the most exciting cities in the world: Berlin.

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All of our previously published texts about this city that has seen so much history, saw the rebirth of freedom 25 years ago and is still making history today:

#25/25 Impressions of the Lichtgrenze

Lichtgrenze at Schwedter Bridge (c) Dirk Mathesius

Two young women in their early twenties are playing guitar and singing at the entrance to Waldeckpark on Alexandrinenstraße. You can barely make out their faces in the twilight. Their gentle, seemingly never-ending melodies are interwoven with words like “peace” and “harmony”. Directly behind them is a chain of lighted balloons, attached to thin, flexible poles standing about three metres...Read on


#24/25 Everyone wants to share: event shows the limits of technology

Light show at the Brandenburg Gate (c) Dirk Mathesius

Around the Brandenburg Gate and the Lichtgrenze (“border of light”), people everywhere were sending their impressions and photos by mobile. Short videos, photos, one SMS after another, phone calls. Until finally the amount of data was too large and, at times, we really did go back to a time when mobile service barely existed. On the last night of the...Read on


#23/25 A Border of Light and Many Stories

4000 balloon steles are waiting for being used in Berlin's Behala Hall. (c) Antje Schroeder Kulturprojekte Berlin

A Quarter Century since the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Commemorations in Berlin 7–9 November The countdown is on. In just a few days, 8,000 balloons will change Berlin’s appearance, albeit temporarily. From the evening of the 7th until the evening of the 9th, they will line the former path of the Berlin Wall between Bornholmer Straße and the Oberbaumbrücke,...Read on


#22/25 A Misunderstanding and Its Incredible Consequences

Press conference with Günter Schabowski on 9 November 1989 (c) Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1989-1109-030, Thomas Lehmann, CC-BY-SA

When the East German government called a press conference for the early evening of 9 November 1989, no one expected that there would be crowds pushing through the border crossings towards West Berlin just four hours later. And if spokesman Günter Schabowski had been better prepared and not driven off-message through persistent reporter questions, that night 25 years ago would...Read on


#21/25 Return to Cool in City West

City West (c) Wolfgang Scholvien

“What do I like about Berlin? That it never stays the same!”, says Samia Adouane, leaning on the railing at Monkey Bar. From the tenth floor of the new 25hours Hotel, she looks across City West: Zoo Station, the Tiergarten, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Breitscheidplatz. The icons of old West Berlin, assembled in a single panoramic view. The...Read on