Photo Gallery The Berlin Wall, Then and Now

On November 9, Germany will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. SPIEGEL ONLINE shows how Berlin has been transformed in the last two decades.
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March 1990, five months after the opening of the Berlin Wall. East German border guards standing at the border at Zimmerstrasse/Charlottenstrasse at the Berlin Wall near the Allied Checkpoint Charlie in central Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie was designated as the single crossing point for foreigners and members of the Allied forces.

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2009: The Cold War wasteland has been replaced by modern office buildings.

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1990: An East German border guard looks on as Berliners and tourists collect pieces of the Wall as souvenirs near at the corner of Zimmerstrasse and Markgrafenstrasse, close to Checkpoint Charlie.

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2009: People crossing the same corner two decades on. The line of cobblestones marks where the Wall used to run.

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When this picture of the Brandenburg Gate was taken in June 1989, most people didn't expect the Wall to fall in their lifetime. Five months later, people were dancing on it.

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2009: The spruced-up Brandenburg Gate today marks the heart of Berlin's bustling, elegant center.

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June 1989: The Western side of the Wall leading to the Brandenburg Gate.

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2009: The same angle, yet a very different view.

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November 9, 1989: West Berlin citizens welcoming East Germans who passed a border checkpoint at Invalidenstrasse after East Germany opened its border.

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2009: The same site utterly transformed.

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November 10, 1989: Berliners savored their historic conquest of the barrier that symbolized the Cold War.

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In 2005, the Gate was a thoroughfare.

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November 9: 1989: the scenes of jubilation heralded the end of communism in Europe.

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2009: The refurbished Brandenburg Gate is one of Germany's most famous landmarks.

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August 13, 1961, the day the Berlin Wall was erected: A birds eye view of the former Allied Checkpoint Charlie. Tanks and East German border soldiers have been replaced by...

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...a replica guardhouse and hordes of tourists. This photograph was taken in 2000.

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November 9, 1989: West Berlin citizens welcoming East Germans as they pass the Berlin Wall border checkpoint at Invalidenstrasse in a Trabant car. The box-like vehicle with its clattering two-stroke engine was ubiquitous in East Germany. Despite performance problems, the car was much-loved because there were few alternatives to it, and it gave people a sense freedom.

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The same street in 2009: BMWs are a more common sight these days.

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