"Smell History on the way to Berlin!" History - Cold War Tip by sabsi

History - Cold War, Berlin: 56 reviews and 129 photos

  Ex Checkpoint between Germany and the GDR
by sabsi

There is another - a more original place than Checkpoint Charlie - to smell cold war history on the road to Berlin:

If you go to Berlin by car on the 'A2' and you are interested in the German/East German history - you have to go to 'Gedenkstätte der Deutschen Teilung' at Helmstedt (at the Motorway A2 between Hannover and Magdeburg at the ex-borderline).

It's the ex checkpoint between the Federal Republic of Germany and German Democratic Republic. You can have a look into the buildings and you can feel a bit what it was like to go through there when Germany was still devided into two parts (which I did a few times so this still makes shivers run down my spine). A really depressing place but a must I think.

Directions: At the Motorway A2 between Hannover and Magdeburg at the ex-borderline

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  • Updated Sep 16, 2003
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