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German Iron Curtain Motorcycle Tour Photo Gallery

See photos of our motorcycle tour through Germany's Iron Curtain border region in our German Iron Curtain Motorcycle Tour photo gallery. Read more in our German Iron Curtain Motorcycle Tour feature story.

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Autobahn run to our first stop, the Helmstedt-Marienborn border crossing.
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Die Wölbung der Hände memorial at the Helmstedt-Marienborn border crossing.
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Traffic would back up for hours on the A-2 as vehicles prepared to enter the GDR.
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All who passed through the Helmstedt-Marienborn border crossing were reminded their movements were being watched.
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MZ motorcycle on display at the Helmstedt-Marienborn border crossing memorial museum.
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GDR guards, doing their duty to keep 'traitors' from skipping the country.
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The second stop on our tour which features a preserved section of the inner border between East and West Germany.
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Road signs mark the older Iron Curtain border, with most road crossings bearing any other reminder of the danger that once existed escaping from East to West.
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Now cars cross the Iron Curtain at will, without restriction.
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The final barriers of the East/West border, with a watchtower in the distance.
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I assumed the broad dirt area to be the minefield, but signage at the site said the soft surface was maintained to detect the tracks of crossers.
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The guard tower watches over the border.
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Decaying German border watchtower.
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A small memorial, reminding that many perished trying to escape the GDR.
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Old GDR border.
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Harz region, a forested mountainous area covering a portion of the Iron Curtain divide.
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