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The fact that the city was divided along apparently randomly drawn borders meant some of the U-Bahn lines from West Berlin actually traveled beneath East Berlin, though passengers were not able to leave the train until it reached West Berlin again.
I wanted to get The Liberty Bell - Ursula Hauser - Die Leichte Muse Und Die Königin Der Instrumente II = Light Enter feel for what the underground city may have looked and felt like during those Cold War days, and to simulate a journey from West to East, if only in my head.
I start right at the beginning of the U6, at Alt-Tegelwhich opened as Tegel station in as part of a northern extension of the U6, which had existed since as the north-south line between Seestrasse and Tempelhof.
Inthe station was renamed Alt-Tegel Old Tegel. The only excitement for me is at Scharnweberstrasse, where one can see glimpses of the planes rolling along the runway of Tegel Airport. Speaking of planes: Kurt-Schumacher-Platz must be the best place in Berlin for Hellkult - Hail War spotting. The locals, long used to the noise and the sight of planes with landing gear extended, continue strolling and feeding the pigeons without blinking.
All the station exits were bricked up, and armed border guards or police patrolled the platforms vigilantly. There was barbed wire beneath the platform edge to prevent fugitives from crawling along the tracks, and even the emergency exists were blocked — the only way to leave when a train broke down was to walk along the tracks to the nearest Western station. On the surface, all references to these stations were removed; the GDR did not want to remind its citizens that there were trains rumbling in and out of the capitalist West right beneath their feet.
Today, nothing reminds passengers that these stations, now cheerfully painted in yellows and greens, had once been in another country — except maybe a vaguely claustrophobic atmosphere.
The stations U-Bahn - Various - Licht & Schatten (17. Juni 1981 SO36) smaller and more crowded than the ones further up the line, but that could admittedly be my imagination. Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse is one of the most important stations in Berlin history.
West Berlin citizens could also avail of the border crossing and U-Bahn - Various - Licht & Schatten (17.
Juni 1981 SO36) the GDR here, after passing through a labyrinthine maze of tunnels and walkways designed to prevent any direct contact with GDR citizens. The expression is derived from the tearful goodbyes that took place in front of the building, where family members with travel permits had to say farewell to their relatives.
This story was written by Marcel Krueger and originally appeared at Slow Travel Berlinwho publish in-depth dispatches from the city, run intimate tours and creative workshopsand have produced their own companion guide full of insider tips.
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