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Enjoy a Peaceful Revolution from your Berlin hostel

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Enjoy a Peaceful Revolution from your Berlin hostel
I never got to see it myself, having been knee-high to a grasshopper at the time, but my godfather brought me back a piece of the Berlin Wall after a business trip to the capital, which I still have in an envelope underneath my bed. Despite the fact that I missed out on a great moment in history, if I were staying in a Berlin hostel between now and November 17th, I would definitely take advantage of the free exhibition being held at Alexanderplatz, which documents the events leading up to the fall of the wall.

Part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the structure's demise, Peaceful revolution portrays the story of those who participated in the original uprising, which began in 1989. Hundreds of thousands of people took matters into their own hands and marched out on the streets to protest against East Germany's ruling party and bring about changes in their own country.

According to site Mauerfall09, guided group tours can be booked in a variety of languages, perfect for international backpackers or parents with children staying in family-friendly hostels. For adults, there are a number of programmes available to choose from, including We are the People, which introduces the protagonists of the Peaceful Revolution and emphasises their aims and achievements. For families, a Discovery bag is available, which allows the group to find out about the exhibition on their own, with educational material and a guidebook.

For backpackers in the area on November 9th, a giant domino chain - which has been set up by schoolchildren from Berlin and which spans the wall's former route - is to be knocked down. The last piece to fall will spark a massive firework display, signalling the start of an all-night party. Sounds good to me!

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