21 Jan Field Trip: History of Berlin
Departure from Hotel Estrel: 1:00 pm – return to Hotel Estrel: 5:00/5:30 pm
Delve into the history of former East Germany (German Democratic Republic) and see the Wall Memorial at Bernauer Straße where the facades of houses on the South side of the street became part of the fortifications when the border was closed in 1961. You will see the site of famous tunnel 57, named after the number of persons that escaped through it, the place where a church was blown up in 1985 in the so-called “Death Strip“ (between the two walls that defined the border zone) and a reconstructed part of the wall with a watchtower and a memorial to all those who died at the wall. Learn more about the so-called “Ghost Train Line” where the train did not stop at stations in East Berlin because the trains belonged to West Berlin´s public transport system. The bus will take you to Checkpoint Charlie, an iconic landmark of the Cold War. In 1961 the fate of mankind was hanging on a bare thread when American and Soviet tanks stood opposite each other at Checkpoint Charlie threatening to open fire. At the former airport Tempelhof, your guide will tell you more about the Berlin Airlift.This tour includes walks around the Exhibition “Topography of Terror” (site of former SS and Gestapo headquarters until 1945) and the Wall Memorial at Bernauer Straße.
About the field trips: All ICA 2018 delegates are invited to join the field trips on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon after the congress program. In total, six different tours covering themes for both new and frequent visitors are available. Each tour will last about four hours and is free of charge for delegates. The number of participants is limited. It is advisable to book your preferred tour well in advance.