21/03/89 The soviet army shrinks/Truppenreduzierung der Sowjets
A step towards independence
A key factor leading to the revolution in 1989 is Michail Gorbatschow's doctrine, that the "brother states" of the Warzsaw Pact will be responsible for their own destiny, meaning a) the Soviet Union won't stand in the way of national reforms, but it b) won't he...
25 Year Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall
Of course, the history of the fall of the Berlin Wall doesn’t begin in 1989. Nevertheless, the months before the 9th of November are the actual moments of the “peaceful revolution” that brought the state of East Germany to its knees and ended 40 years of a divided Germany. 2014 is the 25th anniversary of this historical spring and summer that are so important to German history. With the project “mauertour.de” and our chronology of events of the fall of the Wall, we want to honor those courageous people who took to the streets in Berlin and elsewhere in Germany to eventually break through the border. Of course here we want to present our special offers on the fall of the Wall and about life in the divided city of Berlin.
Berlin on Bike in the anniversary year of the fall of the Wall
The inland border with its most visible sign, the Berlin Wall, has always been a focal point of our bike tours. We are honoring the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Wall with a special program of tours. A particular highlight will be our Eyewitness Tour. Many of our guides were a part of this history; as witnesses to the opening of the border in 1989 on Bornholmer Strasse, as refugees through the Hungarian border or as “unwanted elements” discarded by the GDR before the collapse of the system. The painter of the famous “Bruderkuss” on the Eastside Gallery Wall, Dmitry Vrubel, will also accompany us for some events.
Submerge yourself into this rousing chapter of our recent past and experience history up close with a guided bike tour, by foot or on the waterways. Even with this most serious of topics, our guided tours put fun in the foreground. In a relaxed tempo we move through Berlin’s flat city landscape. Different stops at the most important sites during that summer of system change give us plenty of opportunity to catch our breath, take photos and ask questions. Our well-informed guides will happily orientate themselves towards your specific needs and knowledge levels, and are quite happy to make complex themes entertaining and understandable for children and youth.
The Chronology of the Fall of the Wall
We will accompany our chronology of events pictures, videos and texts, beginning with the spring of 1989, through the fall of the wall in November 1989, to the collapse of the GDR and the actual reunification of Germany in October 1990. At this turbulent time everything moved so fast that it wasn’t only the politicians were left behind, it was also the people in Berlin and the rest of Germany hardly knew what was happening to them. Since then historians, tour guides and public discourse has tried to explain and analyze the only successful revolution to take place on German ground.
Even today in 2014, the former East and West Germany are still trying to achieve greater understanding – Berlin on Bike is part of this process; and we are very proud to have brought the story of divided Berlin and the fall of the Wall to thousands of guests each year. What is particularly satisfying is that a large number of these guests have been students who were born in the intervening time since the Wall fell. We have been able to give these students their first palpable experience of the GDR and Berlin history surrounding November of 1989.