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The Berlin Wall – a summary

Important facts about the former Iron Curtain

Since we had a huge amount of traffic through questions regarding the berlin wall, we would like to take the opportunity and answer the most important ones of them:

Why was the Berlin Wall built / why was the Berlin Wall put up?

After the 2nd world war, Germany was seperated into an eastern (GDR) and a western (BRD) country, which also included a separation of Berlin according to the divisions (West Berlin as british, french and american – East Berlin as the russian sector). So the socialistic regime in the east wanted to “protect” its national border from the capitalistic influence from West Berlin by building this Wall as an “anti-fascistic barricade”.

The Berlin Wall between East and West - by siyublog

The former Berlin Wall between East and West - by siyublog

When was the Berlin Wall built?

The construction started on 13th of august in 1961 and took a couple of months to be finished.

Who ordered the Berlin Wall?

Walter Ulbricht, president of the GDR at this time, ordered (subsidiary for the interests of the socialistic regime and those of Russia) the build-up of the Berlin Wall.

How long was the Berlin Wall?

The longitude between West Berlin and East Berlin (inter-city border) was 43,1 km.

When was the berlin wall knocked down?

The “knock-down” started in the night between Thursday, November 9th and Friday November 10th in 1989, after over 28 years of existence.

Why was the berlin wall torn down?

Because it was time for a change! The opening of the Berlin Wall was drivin by numerous manifestations and the demand for “travel freedom” in the former GDR. There was a continous so-called “escape of the Republic” – where large parts of the population of the GDR flew into the Federal Republic of Germany on international territories, through embassies in several Eastern European capitals (among others Prague and Warsaw) and partly in Hungary since it opened its border with Austria on September 11th in 1989.

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The Berlin Wall – At Mauerpark

The Mauerpark in general

The Mauerpark is a park in Berlin. His name goes back to 1961 when the Berlin Wall was built, which was the border between the former Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding. Today, it is the border between the districts of Prenzlauer Berg (Pankow) and Gesundbrunnen (district centre). The areas around the Mauerpark are westbound the Brunnenviertel belonging to Gesundbrunnen, and in the east the Gleimviertel belonging to Prenzlauer Berg.

The Mauerpark - Berlin history close to Prenzlauer Berg

The Mauerpark - Berlin history close to Prenzlauer Berg

Worth a visit

Highly recommended is the wall close to the Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark. Here you can discover really nice artwork such as the Rolling Stones Theme – I liked that pretty much. if you`re interested in spraying, you will find many young sprayers over here – hobby artists and pros.

The Mauerpark - Impressive part of the Berlin Wall

The Mauerpark - Impressive part of the Berlin Wall

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