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The Wall – the GDR and the “Golden West”

The Wall – the GDR and the “Golden West” – Stations in formerly divided Germany

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Day 1: Start of journey: Hamburg

Hamburg – the “Grosse Freiheit”. After the second world war the city experienced a rapid upsurge in several ways: First you will tour around the harbour – which soon became the largest German reloading point for goods, many local people found employment in the Hamburg shipyards and Hamburg became the headquarters of the most important radio and later television stations of the post-war period.
Later, a tour of the city awaits you and you will see the Reeperbahn, the river Alster, the city hall and the new dockland city.
Overnight stay and evening meal at a hotel in the Hamburg area.


Day 2: Border crossing Helmstedt – Marienborn – Hötensleben

The drive continues to Helmstedt. You will visit the most important border crossing of the inner German border – Helmstedt-Marienborn. Your guided tour starts at the Helmstedt Zonal Border Museum (documentation of the history of the former inner German border from its creation until the reunification of Germany in 1990). After a guided tour of the museum the bus trip continues to Hötensleben. Here you will visit the border installations and then drive on to see the memorial that represents the division of Germany at Marienborn. Here and in Hötensleben you have the opportunity of climbing an observation tower and seeing it from inside. The next station is the memorial “La voute des mains”. The last station of the tour after about 3.5 hours is the Helmstedt Zonal Border Museum. Drive on to Leipzig. Overnight stay and evening meal in the Leipzig area.


Day 3: Leipzig

The GDR planned to make Leipzig with its trade fairs (e.g. book fair) the hub of east-west trade. This was linked with an attempt to present Leipzig as a city “open to the world”. Citizens of the GDR could get an taste of the west by visiting the “most western” GDR city. Furthermore, Leipzigers and exhibition visitors had ample opportunity to contact people from foreign countries. The Monday demonstrations that began in September 1989 played a significant role in bringing about the system change and the end of the GDR. During a guided tour of the city you get to know Leipzig and its important position in the GDR. The trip then goes on to Berlin. Overnight stay and evening meal in the Berlin area.


Day 4: Berlin

For anyone trying to visualise the Berlin Wall and the fate of a divided nation today only relics of the iron curtain can be found. In the morning you will experience a guided visit alongside the wall. Walk the Wall – your tourguide describes the fate of the divided city. After this your tour guide takes you for a city tour through the former east and west sectors of Berlin to see points of interest such as Alexanderplatz and Brandenburger Tor. Overnight stay and evening meal in the Berlin area.


Day 5: Berlin

Today you will have the opportunity to visit the former State Security Police (Stasi) Prison in Hohenschönhausen or the Allied Museum. During the afternoon we would be glad to arrange a discussion with contemporary witnesses, who, for example, fled from the east to the west. Overnight stay and evening meal in the Berlin area.


Day 6: Departure


Copyright program and pictures: © APPINA TRAVEL GmbH


PACKAGE PRICES 2020

Minimum number of 30 full paying participants:
€ 649.00 per person in double / twin rooms
€ 799.00 per person in single rooms

Minimum number of 25 full paying participants:
€ 689.00 per person in double / twin rooms
€ 839.00 per person in single rooms

Minimum number of 20 full paying participants:
€ 769.00 per person in double / twin rooms
€ 919.00 per person in single rooms

Minimum number of 15 full paying participants:
€    919.00 per person in double / twin rooms
€ 1,069.00 per person in single rooms


The given prices are not valid during exhibitions, fairs, congresses, events or holidays. All prices are subject to availability. Valid for leisure groups only.

Alin Müller

Phone +49 89 189345 21

Fax +49 89 189345 22

Email alin.mueller(at)appina-travel(dot)com

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Your advantages

  • Theme tour
  • Combination of historic events with significant places of interest

Accommodation pre-booked for you

  • 4-star hotels

Services

  • 5 × overnight stay (1 x Hamburg, 1 x Leipzig area, 3 x Berlin)
  • 5 × buffet breakfast
  • 5 × dinner (in the hotel or a restaurant nearby)
  • 5 × full day tour guide (day 1-5, excl. entrance fees)
  • 1 × coach disposal for the entire stay
  • 1 × guided tour Hamburg (approx. 2 hrs)
  • 1 × harbour boat tour (in a launch)
  • 1 × entrance and guided tour border museum
  • 1 × entrance Helmstedt Zonal museum
  • 1 × guided tour Leipzig (approx. 1.5 hrs)
  • 1 × guided tour Berlin (approx. 2 hrs)
  • full description of the routing, including vouchers
  • 24 hours availability during trip

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