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Germany marks 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall -- where to commemorate

Germany marks 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall -- where to commemorate Aug 4th, 2011 at 10:30AM: This year, Germany marks the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall, a barrier that isolated East Berlin from West Berlin for almost 30 years and was a powerful physical symbol of the Cold War. On August 13, 1961, authorities in East Berlin ordered the construction of the Wall in order to stem the tide of Germans moving from Communist East Berlin to Capitalist West Berlin. When...

The Berlin Love Parade

The Berlin Love Parade Apr 28th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Each week, Gadling is taking a look at our favorite festivals around the world. From music festivals to cultural showcases to the just plain bizarre, we hope to inspire you to do some festival exploring of your own. Come back each Wednesday for our picks or find them all HERE. The Berlin Love Parade has been described as the Mardi Gras of Germany. It is a festival that started in 1989, four...

Cycling the Iron Curtain

Cycling the Iron Curtain Dec 31st, 2009 at 3:30PM: Paul Kaye had an idea. He loves cycling, photography, and Cold War history, so he decided to combine the three by cycling the length of the old Iron Curtain from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic and documenting his journey. The 3,600 km (2,237 mile) ride took in several different countries, some of which didn't even exist when the Cold War was on, and countless towns and villages that are now...

Berlin hotel offers bed, breakfast and a piece of the wall

Berlin hotel offers bed, breakfast and a piece of the wall Mar 1st, 2009 at 11:00AM: The Westin Grand hotel in Berlin has recently added a surprisingly creative package to their lineup of perks. Instead of the usual drab spa services, or package with a snack in your room, the Westin is offering guests the chance to stay at their hotel and take home a piece of the Berlin wall. Right in the main lobby of the hotel is an authentic piece of the wall, weighing in at 2.7 tons. Guests...

Berlin celebrates 20 years of wall's collapse

Berlin celebrates 20 years of wall's collapse Jan 12th, 2009 at 12:00PM: The Berlin Wall was pulled down 20 years ago, giving birth to a new industry: selling pieces of the Berlin Wall. Remember that? Well, all the pieces were probably bought long ago (well, except the "real" one that you picked up last week, of course), but there is still plenty you can do to celebrate. The list of cultural events is long and impressive, like the German translation of a short word in...

Being in Berlin: Graffiti, graffiti, graffiti

Being in Berlin: Graffiti, graffiti, graffiti Jun 10th, 2008 at 1:00PM: One of the things you cannot not notice in Berlin is graffiti. You'd be hard-pressed to find an abandoned wall or building without it. Somehow, it works here. Of course, there is graffiti and there is graffiti. While I hate when vandals ruin the facades of baroque building by spray-painting something on them, I have become a big fan of graffiti in Berlin. I guess you can't underestimate the...

1 in 5 Germans Want The Berlin Wall Back

1 in 5 Germans Want The Berlin Wall Back Oct 2nd, 2007 at 10:57PM: Here's an interesting tidbit I heard on the radio today while driving to my favourite sushi place: 1 in 5 Germans want the Berlin Wall back. An iconic symbol of the Cold War and the divide between communism and capitalism, the Berlin Wall was broken down amidst much celebration in 1990. And perhaps even more surprising? Those who want it back are mostly Eastern Germans. Apparently, breaking down...

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