Hugh Jordan

Berlin & Leipzig

 

 

Leipzig was the home of the weekly demonstrations that helped to topple the GDR régime in 1989 and is well worth a visit by those studying the Cold War period in Germany.

 

In addition to the visits in our Cold War Berlin tour (click for details), you might visit the House on the Round Corner - the Stasi's headquarters for this part of the GDR and now an exhibition about their methods.  In addition, and a must visit in our opinion, is the Stasi bunker thirty kilometres outside the city.  In the event of war, Stasi and KGB officers would have retreated here to run the district from their sealed shelter.

 

The Forum of Contemporary History is a visitor-friendly documentation of everyday life, opposition and resistance in the German Democratic Republic.

 

A guided tour starting from St Nicholas Church tells the story of the 1989 demonstrations.