|This museum covers the Nazi rein - 1933 to 1945|
In the window you see Lulu - and The Wall
|The plastic - front wheel drive - 2 cylinder Trabi|
For 38 euros you can drive a Trabant around Berlin
I have talked about the Trabant before - but after seeing the Trabant Museum and Trabi World - here I go again. The Trabant was virtually the only car available in East Germany for 40 years. It was made in Zwickau - when it first came out it was very advanced. It had front wheel drive and a plastic body. The engine is the size of a small watermelon and it produced 28 horsepower. The engine was a big polluter - it smoked because you had to mix oil with the gasoline. It sat 4 people and had a large trunk for such a little car. Many people escaped from East Germany in the trunk of these little things.
In downtown Berlin - near Checkpoint Charlie - and across the street from the Topography of Terror - sits Trabi World. Down the street a few yards is the Trabant Museum. For 38 euros you can go on a caravan tour throughout the city. You get to drive one of these little noisy and smokey ugly ducklings. At the Museum - there are perfectly restored examples of each model and body style.
Checkpoint Charlie - was the only gate where westerners could enter into East Berlin. You had to have documents - you were given a pass for a certain amount of time. Sometimes you would sneak contraband in - and people out. For 30 years - this was the East German's only axis to the rest of the world.
Topography of Terror - is a museum that reviews the rise and fall of Hitler and his National Socialist Party - the Nazis. The museum is free - thorough - and very very depressing. We only finished half of it - and had to leave. We will take our next guests there - and we will finish.
|I would bring this electric Smart Car home|
|The Trabi Museum - 4 euros|
|The last model year Trabant made - 1990|
|Check out this mower powered by an electric drill|
|A Trabi camper|
|About 4 models in 30 years|
|Little Trabi motor for a boat|
|This line - The Wall - zigzags thru Berlin|
|The Wall came tumbling down|
|Ride or buy a Trabant here|
|They had over 100 of these little oil burners|
|FWD Trabi truck|
|Air cooled - 2 cycle - 2 cylinder Trabant engine|
|Front wheel drive - plastic body - smokey exhaust|
|Memorial to USSR soldiers who died in Berlin.|
They lost one million soldiers. USA and UK
bombed - USSR did ground attack
|The Jewish Memorial right downtown|
|Hitler's Bunker - that tree is all that is left|
of the garden where you entered Hitler's bunker.
He and Eva Braun committed suicide here
|This sign warns that you are entering the|
American Zone at Checkpoint Charlie
|The gates are gone - but you can pose with|
the guards at Checkpoint Charlie