112 - Keep Festive and Carry On

Image: Daniel Winter / This Week in Germany

Image: Daniel Winter / This Week in Germany

Despite the tragedy of the past week, we're here to help you keep your chin up and stay festive! 

With the theme of "don't let them win", we explore two of Berlin's coolest Christmas markets. Beloved by Berliners and tourists alike.

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Destination Germany: Sonnenallee

The 5km street know as Sonnenallee, which cuts through the centre of the trendy district of Neukölln in Berlin, is lively and multi-cultural. We take in some of the sights and sounds of this important urban artery and some of the common misconceptions about the area.

Taken from This Week In Germany Episode 110

Berlin Wall Special

Olcan Hiller / this week in germany

Olcan Hiller / this week in germany

Today, the 9th of November, marks the 27th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and with it the end of the German Democratic Republic and the start of German reunification.

But to understand what life was like behind the wall, how it felt to see all of that end and how life changed once it fell, Hardy Graupner gives us his first-hand account of that momentous day and the emotional roller coaster that ensued. 

Ranging from surprise and excitement to fear and disappointment, Hardy paints us a picture of life in the last days of the GDR.

 




 

Destination Germany: Hohenschönhausen Memorial

Original imiage By Nstannik - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16042032

Original imiage By Nstannik - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16042032

Come and visit Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen (the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial), a building complex most famous for it use as a Stasi prison in East Berlin after the Berlin Wall went up. 

Take a trip back to when Berlin was still divided by the Berlin Wall and find out about the dark yet important history of this covert prison complex. For more info on the tours that are offered, visit www.stiftung-hsh.de

Taken from This Week In Germany Episode 108