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  2. Berlin Wall - Wikipedia

    The Berlin Wall ( German: Berliner Mauer, pronounced [bɛʁˌliːnɐ ˈmaʊ̯ɐ] ( listen)) was a guarded concrete barrier that encircled West Berlin of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) from 1961 to 1989, separating it from East Berlin and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) [a] (GDR). [1] [3] Construction of the Berlin Wall was commenced ...

  3. Berlin Wall | Definition, Length, & Facts | Britannica

    Berlin Wall, German Berliner Mauer, barrier that surrounded West Berlin and prevented access to it from East Berlin and adjacent areas of East Germany during the period from 1961 to 1989. In the years between 1949 and 1961, about 2.5 million East Germans had fled from East to West Germany, including steadily rising numbers of skilled workers, professionals, and intellectuals. Their loss ...

  4. Berlin Wall: Where It Still Stands –

    A lesser-known fact is that not far from Potsdamer Platz, on the grounds of the "Topography of Terror" documentation centre on Niederkirchnerstraße, a 200-metre-long original piece of the Berlin Wall still stands. Until 1989, it marked the border between the districts of Mitte (East Berlin) and Kreuzberg (West Berlin).

  5. Great Creative Escapes Across the Berlin Wall - Culture Trip

    Through secret tunnels. In the largest escape in the Berlin Wall’s history, two secret tunnels were used to get to freedom. Dubbed the “Senior Citizens Tunnel” a group of 12 people, most of them elderly, dug for 16 days until their 32-meter long tunnel brought them into the West. In 1964, 57 people escaped using another tunnel over two ...

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  6. Berlin Wall - Construction, fall and history

    The Berlin Wall became a concrete wall 3,5 to 4 meters high. The concrete slabs were filled with steel wires to make it more resistant. The top of the wall had a hemisphere shape, so it would be difficult to hold onto. The “death strip” was a space established between the Berlin Wall and a new fence placed further into

  7. Vestiges of the Berlin Wall – Berlin, Germany - Atlas Obscura

    1500. When the wall separating East and West Berlin fell in 1989, artists sought to reclaim something which had been untouchable for so long, and transform it from a symbol of oppression into an ...

  8. Inner German border - Wikipedia

    The better-known Berlin Wall was a physically separate, less elaborate, and much shorter border barrier surrounding West Berlin, more than 170 kilometres (110 mi) to the east of the inner German border. On 9 November 1989, the East German government announced the opening of the Berlin Wall and the inner German border.

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