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Germany marks the fall of the Berlin Wall

Germany marks the fall of the Berlin Wall

The capital city celebrates 25 years of freedom

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel led the festive celebrations on Sunday, calling the fall of the Berlin Wall "proof that dreams come true"

This weekend, Germany celebrated 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall with magical tributes to freedom and unity, with a street party and unique tribute at the Brandenburg Gate  – where Europe's east-west divide once was.

Around 8,000 white balloons traced the 15 kilometres of the former wall, and were released into the night sky as Daniel Barenboim conducted Beethoven's Ode to Joy. The festive weekend drew in hundreds of thousands of people from Germany and abroad to relive the fall of the wall.

 Berlin celebrates the fall of the wall

People gather to see the illumination near Boesebruecke bridge in Bornholmer Strasse, where 25 years ago thousands of East Germans first crossed unimpeded though a gate of the Berlin Wall into West Berlin, on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall on November 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany

Speaking earlier in the day, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated the fall of the Berlin Wall was proof that dreams could come true, adding that "It's a message of encouragement to tear down other walls, walls of dictatorship, violence, ideologies and enmity."

Merkel also honoured the many people who suffered and lost their lives under the communist regime. "It was about reclaiming freedom," she said. "It was about being a citizen, not a subject. It was about the liberty that humanity needs to be human."

 Berlin celebrates the fall of the wall

The Brandenburg Gate stands illuminated during celebrations on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany

Take a look at Google's video Doodle commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of Berlin Wall and its pieces around the world: