Image title: Marienborn border checkpoint admin block.

Marienborn border checkpoint admin block.

This former admin block is part of the preserved GDR border checkpoint on the A2 motorway between Hannover and Berlin. The style of architecture is typical GDR with the use of prefabricated concrete sections

It's possible to visit the remains of the GDR border on a remarkable guided tour from the town of Helmstedt. Read my article or go to www.grenzdenkmaeler.de.

Inside the block are offices and exhibits relating to the border checkpoint. This site used to be a major crossing point into East Germany. It was the scene of many examples of Cold War intrigue and the callous disregard for human rights which was a hallmark of the GDR regime. It closed in 1990 following the reunification of Germany.


Marienborn border checkpoint admin block.



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GDR, division of Germany, divided Germany, history of post-war Germany, German Democratic Republic, DDR, Berlin Wall information, GDR border

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