Category Archives: Germany

The Coastal Path in Berlin – Berlin Wall Part V

Just beyond the replica of the Berlin Wall on Bernauer Strasse is a memorial to its victims.  The Berlin Wall was put up on 13 August 1961 and fell on 9 November 1989.  During that time at least 136 people are known to … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Berlin – Berlin Wall Part IV

Although the East German authorities stopped people escaping through the Bernauer Strasse apartment blocks by demolishing them, this did not stop the constant stream of escape attempts generally.  Over the course of its 28-year operational life the Berlin Wall was therefore … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Berlin – Berlin Wall Part III

Having forcibly evicted over 2,000 residents of Bernauer Strasse, the East German authorities set about sealing shut this popular escape route.  The front doors of the houses, which opened directly onto West Berlin, had already been nailed closed.  The ground floor … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Berlin – Berlin Wall Part II

The sealing of the border between East and West Berlin, just after midnight on 13 August 1961, was swift and immediate, although in some ways not as swift and immediate as the authorities would have liked.  The residents of Bernauer Strasse were able to open the front doors … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Berlin – Berlin Wall Part I

In January 2008 I was  sat in a plane at Heathrow airport.  It had backed away from its stand by about 30 feet and was about to taxi out to the runway to take me to Inverness.   The aircraft suddenly stopped and … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Berlin – Fernsehturm

When you stay in Berlin the skyline tends to be dominated by one structure in particular.  This is the TV Tower, the Fernsehturm. If you happen to stay in a hotel close to this tower, then you are never lost … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Berlin – The Holocaust Memorial

Just to the south of the Brandenburg Gate is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, otherwise known as the Holocaust Memorial.  Officially dedicated on 10 May 2005, the memorial had been 17 years in the planning.  It occupies … Continue reading

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