Where the Berlin Wall First Fell Historic Border Crossing Finally Gets a Facelift

The former border crossing at Bornholmer Strasse may have been the spot where the Iron Curtain cracked wide open, but 20 years on there is little in this drab corner of East Berlin to indicate its historic significance. That is set to change now that Berlin has commissioned a firm of architects to create a new square to commemorate the events of Nov. 9, 1989.
Von Siobhán Dowling
The Bornholmer Strasse border crossing was the place where the Berlin Wall was first breached on Nov. 9, 1989.

The Bornholmer Strasse border crossing was the place where the Berlin Wall was first breached on Nov. 9, 1989.

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Photo Gallery: Berlin's Historic Border Crossing
Foto: Siobhán Dowling
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Photo Gallery: Berlin's Historic Border Crossing