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Checkpoint Alpha: The ABC of Berlin Checkpoints

To West Germans it was Kontrollpunkt Helmstedt, to East Germans, Grenzübergangsstelle Marienborn, but outside Germany, the inner German border crossing point was most commonly referred to by the name given to it by the Allied powers, Checkpoint Alpha. Note: While Checkpoint Alpha was only officially the name of the West German checkpoint at Helmstedt, for […]

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Making of Baumkronenpfad Beelitz-Heilstätten

The Making of Baumkronenpfad Beelitz-Heilstätten video from Thomas Kaser provides impressions from the construction process of the new treetop walkway at the abandoned sanatorium just outside Berlin. The video contains lots of drone footage giving a good overview of the sheer scale of the buildings and vastness of the woodland covered by the old Beelitz-Heilstätten. […]

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Baumkronenpfad Beelitz-Heilstätten – Treetop Walkway and Abandoned Sanatorium

The Baumkronenpfad Beelitz-Heilstätten is a treetop walkway that winds its way for 320m over, between and around the buildings at the abandoned sanatorium just outside Berlin. The history of the Beelitz-Heilstätten began in 1898 when the Landesversicherungsanstalt Berlin (the state insurance institute for Berlin) bought an approximately 140-hectare parcel of woodland from the town of […]

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Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime

Recognising the intolerance of Hitler’s regime for same-sex couples and the violence gay men and women suffered during the Nazis’ reign, the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime, designed by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, is a monument and art installation on the edge of the Tiergarten in Berlin. The resolution […]

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