The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall was a barrier that divided Berlin between 1961 to 1989 constructed by the German Democratic Republic, starting on 13 August 1961.  The Wall completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989.

I was most looking forward to visiting the berlin wall whilst on my travels and I have to say it didn’t disappoint.  The wall was easy to find and not far from our hotel so we decided to take a wander along the road to investigate the various pieces of artwork that have previously been created.  Some of the pieces of artwork were truly inspirational, looking at the detail that had gone into the work made it feel like the wall had such an importance to people.

One of the problems with the wall now is the amount of graffiti that people have covered sections of the wall with ruining the amazing pieces of artwork underneath that portray the feelings and emotions of the people who created them.  Another disappointment would be that majority of the painted murals were now surrounded by wire railings in order to protect them against vandalism however this leaves viewers unable to admire the work to its full potential.

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I would recommend the Berlin Wall to visitors as a way of celebrating its history and emerging yourselves within some of the culture in Berlin.  I only wish while I was there I had travelled further along the wall to see what other treasures I could find.

Holly x

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