11/07/2014 08:42 am ET Updated Nov 08, 2014

25 Years After The Fall Of The Wall, These Photos Merge Past And Present, East And West

On November 9, 1989, thousands of East Berliners headed to the borders that had separated them from the western part of their city and demanded to be allowed to cross. That night, the people on both sides of the Berlin Wall brought down the barrier between East and West, reuniting a city that had been divided for nearly three decades.

Berlin has changed much in the 25 years since. A thriving cultural and economic metropolis, the German capital has been lauded for its energy and tolerance, attracting thousands of foreigners each year.

To celebrate the fall of the Wall, take a look at the photos below and discover Berlin before and after the wall.

Berlin Wall Then and Now