Memory is the ability to relive the past in your mind

Just as the Green Belt is gradually becoming overgrown, as nobody does anything to stop it, so grass grows over recent German history. So that this is not forgotten, memories are brought alive for you in the Green Belt.

Your search for tracks along the former inner German border takes you onto the border patrol path. This is the clearest indication of the course of the former frontier. Where border soldiers used to patrol on foot and with heavy vehicles, hiking and cycling paths now connect border experience points with one another. The view of relics of the border installations, such as warning signs, fence remains and watchtowers, conjures up images of life behind the barbed wire fence, even for those who didn't experience it at first hand. Memories are particularly vivid in the museums of the border region. Information boards, works of art, memorials, exhibitions and contemporary witness reports help to close the gaps in people's memories.

Opening of the border in Mödlareuth in 1989, Thuringia/Bavaria. Photo: A. Schaffner

In an abandoned settlement, you realise what it means when a village is razed to the ground. Learn what life was like inside the restricted area, in places such as Pottiga, Ellrich or Rüterberg. You can get an idea of how it felt to be on the run if you go on a guided walk along the former border during the night.

The inner German border separated landscapes, villages and families for more than fourty years. You can now experience the Green Belt as a connection between the old and the new Federal States. As a living monument to German reunification.

The Green Belt - a landscape of memories.