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About the Divided City, Berlin in the Cold War Walk in Berlin
Following the Soviet blockade of 1948-1949, Berlin effectively became not one city but two: East Berlin controlled by the Soviet-backed German Democratic Republic (GDR) and West Berlin, a satellite of Western Germany deep inside GDR territory. Although German reunification and the demolition of the Berlin Wall in 1989 have done much to heal and erase the wounds of this "cold" war, much remains of the old, divided Berlin. During this three-hour walk we'll visit key areas of each half where urban design and architecture vividly illustrate the simmering ideological conflict between east and west.
We will begin our discussion on the east side of the city, at Frankfurter Tor at the east end of Karl-Marx-Allee. (Formerly called Stalinallee, this avenue reminds us that part of the history of the two Berlins is recorded in the naming and renaming of streets and sites.) An immensely wide boulevard, Stalinallee was the primary focus of the GDR’s post-war development project, emphasizing the easread more
- Duration: 3 hours
- Category: History
- Group: €70 per person
- Private: €305 per party