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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- All who passed through the Helmstedt-Marienborn border crossing were reminded their movements were being watched.
- Traffic would back up for hours on the A-2 as vehicles prepared to enter the GDR.
- MZ motorcycle on display at the Helmstedt-Marienborn border crossing memorial museum.
- The second stop on our tour which features a preserved section of the inner border between East and West Germany.
- Now cars cross the Iron Curtain at will, without restriction.
- 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.
- A small memorial, reminding that many perished trying to escape the GDR.
- The final barriers of the East/West border, with a watchtower in the distance.
- 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.
- Autobahn run to our first stop, the Helmstedt-Marienborn border crossing.
- The guard tower watches over the border.
- Old GDR border.
- Decaying German border watchtower.
- Harz region, a forested mountainous area covering a portion of the Iron Curtain divide.
- GDR guards, doing their duty to keep 'traitors' from skipping the country.
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- Die Wölbung der Hände memorial at the Helmstedt-Marienborn border crossing.