Germany – By Land or By River?

Berlin Wall

By: GlobusThe top question of any visitor to Berlin is: Where’s the Wall? In short, it’s gone. After Die Wende (the term used to describe the reunification Germany), the 155-kilometer ring around West Berlin went the way of most useless masonry – it was torn down to make space for new construction. (Berlin has been a construction site for years, its skyline pierced by building cranes). The longest existing piece of the Wall (one kilometer) is on Mühlenstraße, but perhaps not for long. In the 90s, artists painted murals on the concrete and created what became the open air East Side Gallery. Some of these murals were recently torn down, and the fate of the rest is uncertain. The city of Berlin is reluctant to protect them. After all, the Berlin Wall was nothing to be proud of. At least 125 people died trying to cross it, some of them dying in the eastern zone before the eyes of Allied personnel powerless to help. The observation towers, the bunkers, the dog runs, the metal fencing — all of it is gone, but not the rift between East and West Germany. Few Germans today would say the Die Wende has been a complete success. Many parts of East Germany still lag behind the west in employment and wages and thus prosperity. Even without the wall, the united Germany is still under construction. Destinations have stories. We bring them to life. What Globus story might you discover next on your vacation to Germany?

Goodrich Travel Offers many options to visit and experience Germany and Europe, either independently, with an escorted tour from Globus or on a fabulous river cruise.


About Goodrich Travel

I purchased my first travel agency in 1978 in Anchorage, Alaska. After selling it, my wife and I moved back to the Portland,Oregon area in NW USA. I purchased another agency which was sold in 1995 after co-founding Passport Online. Since that time, I have focused on working closely with our supplier partners (cruise lines, tour companies and wholesale travel companies)to enable them to market their products and promotions thru our large Network of retail travel agencies. I also continued to help friends with their wonderful vacations and will always offer my professional advise and service to help people enjoy the World of travel opportunities.
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