Revolution for German unity

Open-air exhibit traces fall of the Berlin wall
By Therese Iknoian | Photos by Michael Hodgson and Therese Iknoian
As a part of the developing “Campus for Democracy” at the former headquarters of East Germany’s state security, or Stasi, in Berlin, an open-air exhibit details the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution Berlin that helped bring about German unity.

Called Revolution and Mauerfall (“Fall of the Wall”), the exhibit occupies the courtyard of the former Stasi campus at Magdalena Street in Berlin’s Lichtenberg district. Overlooking it is the Stasi Museum Berlin and the newer Stasi Archives Berlin.

Open Air Exhibit Fall of the Berlin Wall Start

The beauty of this open-air exhibit is that it’s open 24/7 and is always free. Audio guides for the exhibits in both German and English, however, are only available during the open hours of the “Infopoint” informational center, from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Guides are available in German, English, Italian and French, plus there is a simplified audio guide available for children and young adults, all for just 1 Euro each. And group tours are available upon request.

Covering 1,300 square meters (nearly 14,000 square feet), the panels wind through the courtyard, telling the story with plenty of photos of the so-called peaceful revolution from the earliest protests and demonstrations to the fall of the Berlin Wall and German unity.

Open Air Exhibit Fall of the Berlin Wall Side

Find out more about this exhibit, its content and background at www.revolution89.de. The website is available in six languages, including German, English, French, Spanish, Turkish and Russian.

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Therese Iknoian

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Little did her parents know that a short trip to Europe in high school would launch a lifetime love of travel, languages and cultures. Trained as a news journalist, Therese Iknoian now focuses her writing and photography talents on travel. Fluent in German, Therese also runs a translation business (ThereseTranslates.com) working primarily with companies in the outdoor/sports/retail industry. She's a French speaker, and loves to learn a bit of the language wherever she goes -- gdje je kupaonica? Мне нужна помощь! -- often embarrassing herself in the quest for cross-cultural communication. Therese is an award-winning member of the North American Travel Journalists Association.
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