On Nov. 9, thousands will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with "a border made of light" — 7 miles of the wall's footprint festooned with illuminated balloons. Because the wall cut Berlin in half from 1961 to 1989, the city developed more cultural institutions than most other cities — two zoos, along with powerhouse museums such as the Pergamon (archaeology) and the New National Gallery (20th century art). In June and July, the German Historical Museum will host a special exhibition on World War I. From September through January 2015, the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum will host a major exhibition on "The World of the Vikings." Pictured: Potsdamer Platz in 2009, where segments of the Berlin Wall and informational panels traced the wall's line.
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