It has been rebuilt and returned to religious functions, the bell tower has also been rebuilt and recently inaugurated: part of the ceremony will also take place here. To date, Bernauer Strasse is one of the rare points in the city where remnants of the most horrible wound that divided Germany survive.
The official celebrations for the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Wall will begin in the morning at 9.30 am at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Republic, at the castle of Bellevue, with a greeting from the Head of State, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the four leaders of Visegrad.The President of Poland will attend. Andrzej Duda, that of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, the homologation of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana? Aputova is Janos Ader, head of the Hungarian State. The four will accompany Steinmeier and the chancellor Angela Merkel also in subsequent ceremonies.
At 10.30 Merkel, Steinmeier and the four leaders of Visegrad will move to Bernauer Strasse, to commemorate the German peaceful revolution, then they will visit the monument dedicated to the revolts that opened a breach in the Iron Curtain also in Eastern Europe, where it is a speech by Steinmeier is expected. The official ceremony will end at 11.15 with a declaration by Merkel to the Church of Reconciliation.
In the afternoon the witness of the anniversary will pass to the city of Berlin, which organized a concert in another symbolic place of the divided city from 5.30 pm, at the Brandenburg Gate which for three decades remained inaccessible, crossed by the death strip. Among the guests, Daniel Barenboim, director of the Staatsoper, the techno legend DJ WestBam, Anna Loos, International Band, Zugezogen Maskulin, Die ZOllner, Dirk Michaelis is Trettmann.
Five years ago, for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Wall, the main event of the celebrations had been a walk by Angela Merkel, Lech Walesa is Mikhail Gorbachev on the bridge of Bornholmer Strasse, the first gap that opened just before midnight on November 9, 1989.
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