Best sites of East Germany near Hamburg?

May 27th, 2007, 04:56 PM
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Best sites of East Germany near Hamburg?

Want to see something of the old soviet east, staying in Hamburg for 2 weeks, have hired car any suggestions
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May 27th, 2007, 10:45 PM
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What about the biggest non-nuclear former Russian submarine now mooring in the port of Hamburg and accessible for visitors?

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May 28th, 2007, 01:52 AM
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Go east, young man!

A trip to the Baltic hansa towns:

From Hamburg, about 70 km northeastern, you find Lübeck.

Some 60 km eastern from Lübeck, you will find Wismar.
Wismar is proud to have kept its medieval hansatown look and feel.

Some more 60 km northeastern you will find Rostock.

On the way there you will pass Bad Doberan, if you go from there some 10 km northwestern you will find Heiligendamm, with a quite impressive hotel. If you happen to be there from 6th to 8th of June, no rooms available there because of G8 summit. Or serious, better stay off.

Some 10 km northern from Rostock, you will find Warnemünde, a popular beach resort.

Some 130 km northeastern from Rostock, you will find Stralsund
alo proud to have kept its hanseatic heir.

From Stralsund you can either visit the island of Rügen
or go some 30 km southeastern for Greifswald

Some 20 km east of Greifswald, you will find Peenemünde
where German Airforce developd itz rockets during WW II.

So, do some further research on this area, the federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Its capital Schwerin is located some 30 km south from Wismar
or, direct from Hamburg some 120 km to the east.

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May 28th, 2007, 03:01 AM
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You could also head down to the Harz Mountains. The border went through here just east of the highest peak in the region, the Brocken.

This area showed the East-West divide at its most benign. I lived in Bad Harzburg in the West in the early sixties and used to do a hike once a week at night through the mountains to a friend's house in the east to bring her a ration of western goodies. There were border patrols but they were easily outwitted as they didn't take the whole thing too seriously.

Things changed though in 1962 with the construction of the Berlin Wall. After that, moves were undertaken to erect visible and effective physical barriers along all the borders, the Harz included, and to reinforce them with regular armed patrols. This put an end to my sorties into the East.

However, being Australian, I was still able to gain legal entry to East Berlin via Checkpoint Charlie, and to maintain communications with people over there.

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May 30th, 2007, 04:16 PM
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Thank you for your responces. Amazing stories! Are there any websites that have info on this kind of travel into the east, and yes I am in Hamburg now dealing with all of the closed buildings and police blockades.
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May 30th, 2007, 05:35 PM
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This past Christmas the family and I spent two days in Luebeck,which used to be right on the border with East Germany. If you head East out of town eventually you will find yourself in the old communist area. Even though the towers and wire fence are gone it's pretty obvious when you move into the old East Germany: homes are more rundown, there are many ugly block apartments, lots of abandoned farms and warehouses and less garden plots. Just beyond the little village of Schoenberg we ran into a cemetary full of tombstones with Cyrillic writing. My son's Ukranian girlfriend said they dated from WWII and shortly thereafter.

Go on Google Earth and zoom just to the east of Luebeck. Try 53 degrees 51' 39"N and 10 degrees 46' 12" E. Zoom in a little more - You can still make out the old border and the "kill zone" between the barbed-wire fences. Further east you'll see two abandoned airstrips and possibly some sort of barracks complex near Dassow (?)
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