Mödlareuth is a village of about 50 inhabitants, which is partly in the state of Bavaria (district of Hof) and partly in the state of Thuringia (Saale-Orla-Kreis). For 41 years, the inner-German border ran through the middle of the village along the Tannbach.
May 12, 2016
In addition to the partly original, partly reconstructed outdoor facilities, there is also a museum, a cinema with interesting documentation (also in several languages), and a vehicle hall with various cars and trucks from the GDR border guards and from the Federal Border Guard. You can even see an original Alouette II helicopter and a tank outside.
If this MADNESS of the time does not go to the kidneys, that can not be helped ... The charts should be looked at more closely and read through. It is inconceivable how people in the divided village must have felt back then - on BOTH sides - but much worse on the Thuringian side.
Also recommended is the television series "Tannbach", which deals with people's lives shortly before and after the end of World War II in the fictional divided village "Tannbach". Parallels to the real village of Mödlareuth are absolutely intended. And Tannbach is also the name of the little stream that was the actual border between Mödlareuth East and Mödlareuth West, GDR and FRG, "Eastern Europe" and "Western Europe". By the way, the regional and political division has always existed (16th century or so). The real blocked border only since the 1950s. In 1966 the wall was built in the village.
On December 9, the border was opened and people were able to walk through a piece of the cracked wall for the first time.
And we were there at the time! I can still remember exactly how it was yesterday!
By the way, a hike on the column path to B2 is recommended. The area is also ideal for hiking and cycling tours away from the border museum and the former wall.
November 11, 2019
Parts of the original 700m long concrete barrier, the metal mesh fence and the observation tower can be seen on the open-air site. The border system is very well represented with a control route, vehicle barrier, expanded metal fence, control strips and the 3.30 m high concrete wall.
September 23, 2020
In the decades of the division of Germany, the GDR part of the village was closely guarded day and night, while the Wall on the German side developed into a tourist attraction. The American soldiers stationed in the region gave the place the nickname Little Berlin.
December 15, 2019
Remembering as a task!
The Americans called it
"Little Berlin", this village of 50 people
which was considered a symbol of the division of Germany. Since the establishment of the two German states, the Thuringian part of the town belonged to the territory of the GDR, the Bavarian half to the Federal Republic. The first barriers were built in 1952. In 1966 the 700m long concrete barrier was built, which divided the village until 1989.
The German-German Museum Mödlareuth was opened in autumn 1990
founded. The stated aim is to portray the history of the
German division in its entirety. Not just walls, fences
and barbed wire, but also the political, economic,
social and everyday historical aspects of this division
should be thematized and exemplarily based on regional and local
Examples are conveyed. (... from information board)
August 10, 2020
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