Join the Celebration in Berlin
May 1st, 2009

It’s been twenty years since the Berlin Wall fell. In that time, the city has become one of Europe’s most popular cities for tourists.  This May 7th – November 9th (2009), the city will be celebrating it’s freedom and the changes that have taken place over the last two decades. Festivities will include an open-air exhibition at Alexanderplatz which highlights the occurrences that led to the fall of the wall, a mobile exhibit which notes the changes that have taken places in various locations since 1989, open-air theater performances by the Royal de Luxe street theater company and a four foot high domino wall constructed by school children that will be knocked down on November 9th – the actual anniversary. The 9th will also be marked by fireworks displays, concerts and citywide parties.

In addition the parties and celebrations, travelers with an affinity for history can take bike tours which cover the former the pass of the wall, visit the Wall Museum and certain tour packages are even including a piece of the wall itself. 

While visiting Berlin, make sure to take advantage of all of the other sights and experiences it has to offer. The city is overflowing in history, culture, eye-catching architecture, museums (over 170), palaces, gardens and art. If you’re looking to explore on foot, Berlin provides both individual guided walks and an audio guide. Those that prefer to travel on two wheels instead of two feet will have their choice of bike tours and rental stations. Perhaps the most relaxing way to see the sites is a boat tour, which will wanders through the rivers and canals adding a bit of a romantic feel to the city.  Don’t tire yourself out too much during the day, however. When the sun sets, Berlin comes alive as restaurants and nightlife about. 

Berlin’s mix of historical and modern is a draw at any time. This year’s anniversary provides a one of a kind experience that visitors are not likely to forget. Hotels are offering special packages and are therefore likely to fill up quickly. In addition, the anniversary is only a few weeks after Oktoberfest (and some festivities overlap) which is always a very popular time for travel to Germany. In other words – you don’t want to wait and miss out – start planning soon and book early!

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