Autumn '89: the images of the prayers for peace in St. Nicholas Church and the Monday demonstrations on the inner city ring road were flashed around the world.
The decisive day for the Peaceful Revolution was 9th October 1989 in Leipzig, when 70,000 demonstrators toppled the SED regime with cries of "We are the people!" and "No violence!"
This was a moment when a piece of national history was written in Leipzig, opening the way to a reunited Germany.
On the night of 9th-10th November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell.
Every year on October 9, the citizens of Leipzig commemorate the events of 1989 with a Festival of Lights
on Augustusplatz and along the historic demonstration route.
The road from Leipzig 1989 to a reunited Germany on 3rd October 1990
Leipzig Festival of Lights, October 9
Download leaflet 'The Peaceful Revolution - Historic sites in and around Leipzig' (pdf 4.1 MB)