Grenzlandmuseum Eichsfeld e.V., Teistungen

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  • It gives an incredibly good overview of the border itself: where it went and how it was. I'm very glad that border has been gone. 
    It gives an incredibly good overview of the border itself: where it went and how it was. I'm very glad that border has been gone.  more »
  • The museum gives you a brief view into the history of devided Germany. Explanations in English are available. Plan some time to explore both exhibition and Grenzweg. 
    The museum gives you a brief view into the history of devided Germany. Explanations in English are available. Plan some time to explore both exhibition and Grenzweg.  more »
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  • On arrival it doesn't look much but this is an excellent museum if you want to understand the iron curtain. On entering you go into a small dark mirrored room and experience an evocative film about borders in Israel, Mexico, Spain etc which puts the inner German border into context. You then learn about the political situation post WW2 and how the border between east and west was tightened up until it became a deadly barrier with sophisticated defences to prevent people escaping from the GDP. It tells the story of the people affected by the wall, the border guards, escape attempts and what happened when Germany was reunited. Lots of interesting exhibits and displays. As this was the site of an actual border crossing point and some of the original buildings form part of the museum. You can go into the old mill which was the control building and enjoy views from the top. The border zone is now a nature reserve and has been preserved. You can see part of the fence, security lights and watch towers from the museum. Allow a couple of hours to go round, more if you want to see all the films and listen to the audio recordings. Well worth a visit. Cost of entry: 4 Euros.
  • When you are old enough to remember the east-west period - you can get in the the feeling it must have been with the strongly fortified border - it gives me cool sense at my back..

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