Exhibition theme: The Border Opens: On Glienicke Bridge [2/87]



February 1990
Potsdam, Glienicke Bridge
Created By: G. H.

License: Creative Commons License

Car and pedestrian traffic on Glienicke Bridge, that was once again open to people from the GDR for the first time since 1961. It was opened on 10 November 1989


barrier grid, car, group of people, guard room, pavement, signboard, traffic sign, warning sign


Glienicke Bridge, Glienicke Bridge border crossing, Potsdam

Text in image

[You are leaving / the American sector / вы выезжаете их / американского сектора / Vous sortez / du secteur americain / Sie verlassen den amerikanischen Sektor]

Nur Ein- und Ausreise

Imbiss / geöffnet

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Almost everyone knows to this day where he or she was on 9 November 1989. The joy at being suddenly granted the freedom to travel, also to West Germany, was immense. Each time a new border crossing was opened, people celebrated. In the same way, the removal of segments of the Wall and of border fence, as well as the reconstruction of roads between East and West became important events. Countless photographs and films taken in Berlin and at the inner-German border document these incidents as they occurred – thus preserving the good fortune of experiencing everything live for the family album.

Original Caption

"What a coincidence! The bridge is free of controls, traffic is crossing without restriction and there's a (snack bar) sign in the foreground with OPEN written on it."