"10,000 people were at the Bornholmer Bridge checkpoint on foot and in their Trabant cars, thronging the Wall"

A Trabant car passing the Berlin Wall in 1990
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeA Trabant car passing the Berlin Wall in 1990 - Credit: Wolfgang Lemmerz
The Trabant car was produced in East Germany. Its huge popularity there has made it an icon of the GDR, though it was also exported to countries both in and outside the communist bloc. Though compact, light and affordable, it was a mediocre machine but is regarded with nostalgic affection. The Trabi (as it is affectionately known) achieved iconic status as part of the graffiti which covered remaining sections of the Berlin Wall.