Day 1: Start of journey: Hamburg
Hamburg – the “Grosse Freiheit”. After the second world war the city experienced a rapid upsurge in several ways: The harbour 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. Get to know the harbour area with a tour in a launch. After that a tour of the city awaits you and you see the Reeperbahn, the river Alster, the city hall, 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 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 visit the border installations and then drive on to see the memorial to 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 impression of 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 provides 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
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