With the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on the 9th November, we have put together a new DIY Tour that you can do on foot, or better, by bike…
Few things symbolised the Cold War more than the literal building of Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” – the Berlin Wall – overnight in August 1961. The borders between the eastern and western spheres of influence had long been closed, except for one loop-hole in the city of Berlin. The city had been split four ways through occupation back in 1945, with the three western
Allies (Britain, France and the United States) in charge of what would become known as West Berlin, whilst the centre and the east of the city was in the Soviet zone of occupation and would become the capital of the socialist German Democratic Republic.
In the years leading up to 1961 hundreds of thousands used Berlin’s unusual status as a way of fleeing to the west, until the East German regime closed the border in 1961 through the erection of what they called an “Anti-Fascist Protection Barrier”. The wall divided the city, neighbourhoods, communities and families, and would stand until November 1989. What we think of when we think of the wall, and parts of which can still be seen in Berlin, was the fourth generation structure known as “Grenzmauer 75”. But the wall was much more than just slabs of concrete, as the border was secured through anti-vehicle obstacles, trip wires, watchtowers, dog runs and kill zones.
Our intrepid explorer of Berlin – Jim – has not only ridden the entire Berlin Wall Trail, but he has put together this DIY Tour of the central stretch of the wall, that ran through the heart of the city, with some of the different things you can see along the way.
Download the Circus DIY Tour: Riding the Berlin Wall