The Berlin Wall was constructed by the East German government in 1961. It cut off West Berlin from East Berlin and surrounding East Germany.
The Eastern Bloc claimed that the wall was erected to protect the socialist state, the GDR. The West maintained it was built to prevent the massive emigration at the time of the Cold War in Europe. On November 9, 1989, as the culmination of peaceful protests in the GDR, the Wall was destroyed and removed. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on October 3, 1990. Twenty-five years on, the Wall remains a distinct memory in Germany; here's DW's latest content on the topic.
State Housing Secretary Andrej Holm has admitted to having been a full-time employee of the Stasi before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. His original appointment to the post one month ago caused intense debate.
DWs latest insight into the oddities and idiosyncrasies of German life and culture: Of all the cultural groups that make up the melting pot Berlin is steadily becoming, the Vietnamese are one of the least mentioned. Theirs is a largely quiet presence often conducted from behind the counter of the city's plethora of flower shops. But they offer more than mere bunches of dahlias.
Many visitors to Berlin take guided tours to see attractions like the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag or remnants of the Berlin Wall. But for those willing to try something a little different, a local NGO has started offering tours by former homeless people. They aim to show tourists another side to the German capital. Correspondent Daniel Pelz reports.