Many people, including locals, are completely unaware that a piece of one of the world’s most famous structures, the Berlin Wall, found its place in the Croatian capital almost seven years ago.
On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on the 9th of November 2009 the official unveiling of a segment of the Berlin Wall took place in front of the German Embassy and the Goethe Institute in Zagreb.
German Embassy in Zagreb
The segment of the Berlin Wall in Zagreb, which is 3.2 metres x 1.2 metres large and weighs over 2.5 tons, was donated to Zagreb by Axel Brauer, the German entrepreneur who had five segments of the Wall, which he bought from the former government of DDR. He decided to give one piece to the Croatian capital as a gift.
Twenty seven years has passed since the Berlin Wall came down. Nowadays numerous remains of the Wall can be seen in cities all over the world and pieces of the wall are of the most sold souvenirs in the German capital.
The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 by the Government of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) and forcibly divided Berlin and the rest of Germany into East Berlin/East Germany and West Berlin. Over the years the original parts of the Berlin Wall have been reminding the world of the peaceful revolution of the people in the East Germany and of the end of the division of Germany which symbolizes the fall of the Berlin Wall on the 9th of November in 1989. The unification of Germany was on the 3rd of October in 1990.