13 August 1961

The day

Armed units from the GDR hermetically seal the city surrounding West Berlin. The construction of the Wall begins.
perilous endeavour for two families

Over the clouds to freedom

With BALLON, based on a true story, Michael Bully Herbig brought certainly the most spectacular escape attempt from the GDR to the big screen. The original hot-air balloon is on exhibit at the Mauermuseum.