On the 9th November 1989, Germany and Europe commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall. The generation of our young people were not born when this major event in European history took place. For people like me who remember this special historic day, I’m leading you to Paris. There are three sections of the Berlin Wall in Paris that are located on public spaces. I have been to all of them. Let me tell you their exact location…
The Berlin Wall in Paris
On a previous post I wrote about the day when I discovered a section of the Berlin Wall in the 16th arrondissement. I wanted to find out more and learnt that there were at least three visible sections scattered in the French capital.
Zoom in to get the exact location of the wall sections!
Porte de Versailles (15th arr.)
Porte de Versailles is best known for the Paris exhibition centre (Parc des Expositions de Paris). It is served by métro line number 12. From the métro platform, take the number 2 exit which will lead you to the Esplanade du 9 novembre 1989. Turn back to the direction of the vast square and cross the first lane at the pedestrian crossings. The section of the wall stands there on its own… and to be honest with you, nobody really takes notice of it.
The small section of the Berlin Wall was inaugurated on the 29 June 2009 in the presence of the mayors of Paris and Berlin.
Maison de la Radio (16th arr.)
Out of the three sections of the Berlin wall in Paris, the one found outside the Maison de la Radio has been given the best of care. It stands in the garden that borders the Maison de la Radio. There is also a informative panel that tells the story of this piece of wall, from which district of Berlin it comes from and when it was planted here in Paris.
Find out more about the Berlin Wall by the Maison de la Radio with a historic account of the Berlin Wall.
La Défense business district
The historic piece of concrete is the largest in Paris. But it is also the least known. I do know the business district of La Défense quite well. But to find this three-panel section of the wall was really a hard task. Well, it is hidden from any major public footpaths and roads in a place that does not look very safe:
To see the other side of the wall,you’ll have to go down there (gasp!) and stand by the small tree and the dirty pavement. You’ll be spoilt with this:
This piece of concrete of the Berlin Wall is very well preserved. It used to stand along the Waldemarstrasse in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. The paintings were created in 1984 by German artist Kiddy Citny and French musician Thierry Noir.
Isn’t it amazing the value we give to objects? Without their historic element, these pieces of concrete would mean nothing to us all!
Do you know other places in Paris or France where to see sections of the Berlin Wall? Let us know by commenting below!