"THE PROBITED DISTRICT" History - Cold War Tip by smirnofforiginal

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


The Stasi Restricted Area Berlin-Hohenschonhausen.

Until 1990 parts of Bahnhofstrasse and Genslerstrasse, the Freienwalder and the Lichtenauser Strase, in the ast Berlin distrcit of Hohenschonhausen, simply di not exist. They were not indicated on ANY maps of the city produced by the GDR - only an 'empty' space.
On the 'street' the passerby was presented with closed metal gates, armed security and watch towers.

As of 1945 this area 'The Prohibited District' was a secret fo the Soviet Secret Service, later transferred to the GDR's State Security Service (1951).

Prior to 1951 an estimated 25,000 to 26,000 people passed through these gates.
From 1951 to 1989 there were another 20,000 to 22,000 people.

Today the area is open, you can wander freely, visit the Stasi prison and discover some of the Prohibited Areas sickening secrets.

Directions: Having spent a great deal of time trying to find the area and asking locals who looked blank - I recommend taking a cab - our taxi had to use satnav to find it!

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  • Written Jan 4, 2010
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