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Sites of the Peaceful Revolution

Thuringia was part of former East Germany. Where today travellers cross invisible border lines with Lower Saxony, Hesse or Bavaria, until November 1989 insourmountable border installations had blocked the way. Along what had been a no-go area for a long time, hikers and cyclists now enjoy the beautiful landscape. What is left of Cold War times are a number of highly interesting memorial points and museums.

Border museums and memorials

Border museums and memorials

Various border museums and memorials recall the inner German border. Fences, border installations and military equipment are on show and personal histories of escape and compulsory resettlement come to life at the exhibitions. All the museums offer themed tours, seminars and educational programmes.

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Discover the “Green Belt”

Discover the “Green Belt”

The “Green Belt” represents an era in German history. For more than 30 years, Germany was divided along a line running from the Baltic Sea to the Vogtland region. In the areas close to the border, nature was able to flourish with little interference and many rare species of flora and fauna found a refuge here. In this way, a valuable habitat network system, the Green Belt, has been created, which can today best be explored on foot or by bicycle.

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GDR history with or without tongue in cheek

GDR history with or without tongue in cheek

There are ways of tracking down GDR history – with or without tongue in cheek – at, for example, the Eisenach Automobile Museum, the Weberstedt Trabi Paradise in Hainich National Park, the “Old GDR” Museum in Apolda and Ilmenau Toy Museum.

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