Infographics: The History and Fall of the Berlin Wall

Michael Sandberg's Data Visualization Blog

Last February, we marked the 26th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On November 9, 1989, the structure that divided the city of Berlin into East and West, and was the source of tremendous political controversy, was brought down. While reunification has been a long and challenging process, Berlin has now become a thriving city, featuring some of the most active and exciting artist communities in the world. From graffiti to installation, youth culture has reclaimed the city to forge a brighter, more positive future. This advancement, in only a quarter of a century, is remarkable for those who lived in a brutally divided city.

Here are three infographics that highlight some of the history on the political motivation for the wall, iterations of development of the wall, and the overall significance of the fall of the wall.


Via Thomson Reuters

2fd59_5-berlin-wall-coverage-hugo-sanchez-Via Visual Loop

2fd59_berlin-wall-1Via Sara Perozzi

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