1990, a year after the hated Berlin Wall fell, and the
remaining wall sections in the city center are being
hacked into pieces as souvenirs.
2003. Only one large, intact section of the Berlin Wall
remains, the East Side Gallery, located far from central
Berlin. Artists have painted many panels.
This artist's panel at the East Side Gallery shows how the
Berlin Wall used to divide the city at the Brandenburg
Gate. The Gate was in East Berlin. The Berlin Wall was
intended to prevent East Germans from escaping into West
Germany. The wall stood from 1961 until it fell in 1989.
Germany was reunited in 1990 and Communist East
Germany, which built the wall, ceased to exist.
The Brandenburg Gate, all that survives of Berlin's medieval
walls and gates, is probably Germany's best known symbol.
It once represented German military power, with the
Goddess of Victory in her chariot at the top. Now, with the
Berlin Wall gone and free passage restored under the gate, it
stands for German reunification.
The Reichstag is again the German Parliament Building,
with Berlin regaining its status as Germany's capitol in 1999.
A modernistic glass dome has been added to represent open
government. From the dome, which people line up to visit,
the Bundestag (Parliament) can be seen at work below. The
former West German flag in this picture is now the flag of a
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If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's 2003 Germany video by clicking
and the 1990 film by clicking here: Berlin and Paris