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In photos: The Berlin Wall, before and after

People dance on top of the Berlin Wall
Thousands of young East Berliners crowd atop the Berlin Wall, near the Brandenburg Gate (background) on November 11, 1989. Two days before, Gunter Schabowski, the East Berlin Communist party boss, declared that starting from midnight, East Germans would be free to leave the country, without permission, at any point along the border, including the crossing-points through the Wall in Berlin. . GERARD MALIE/AFP/Getty Images

The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago on November 9, 1989. Now, there are few traces of the Wall left in the city.

So few, in fact, that I was shocked to find out that the Wall once ran over a bridge in Berlin, where I danced until dawn last summer in a nightclub below, then walked home along the bridge.

Oberbaumbrücke in 1976

Oberbaumbrücke in 1976
Picture taken on October 13, 1976 of a watchtower on the bridge Oberbaumbruecke on the Spree river, marking the border between East (Soviet sector) and West Berlin (American sector). Ralph Gatti / Getty Images

Photo of dawn at the Oberbaumbrücke

Dawn at the Oberbaumbrücke
Dawn at the Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin. Leslie Young / Global News

Oberbaumbrücke now

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Below are some other photos which show what the Wall looked like when the city was still divided, and what it looks like now.

The Brandenburg Gate in 1984

The Brandenburg Gate in 1984
Tourists visit the West side of Berlin and the Berlin Wall, near the Brandenburg gate on April 29, 1984. Joel Robine / Getty Images

The Brandenburg Gate now

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Potsdamer Platz in 1961

Potsdamer Platz in 1961
Picture taken in 1961 in Potsdamer Platz of the Berlin wall built by the East German government to seal off East Berlin from the part of the city occupied by the three main western powers (USA, Great Britain and France), and to prevent mass illegal emigration to the West. AFP / Getty Images

Potsdamer Platz now

Checkpoint Charlie in 1976

Checkpoint Charlie in 1976
Picture taken on October 13, 1976 of the Heinrich Heine Strasse checkpoint between East (Soviet sector) and West Berlin (American sector). Ralph Gatti / AFP / Getty Images

Checkpoint Charlie now

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