Probstzella GDR Border Railroad Museum

Location:
DDR-Grenzbahnhof-Museum Probstzella
Bahnhof
07330 Probstzella
Kreis Saalfeld, Thuringia
Germany

Contact:
Gemeinde Probstzella/
Haus des Volkes Probstzella
Tel. +49 (0)3 67 35 - 46 10
oder 7 38 50
grenzbahnhof[at]web.de

Opening Hours:
Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday
1 pm - 4 pm
and by reservation

Description: 

The Probstzella GDR Border Railroad Museum is situated halfway between Berlin and Munich. This station in the city of Probstzella was used as a GDR Border Checkpoint from 1949 until 1990. Nearly 20 million travelers were checked there by passport controllers and customs officers from the GDR.

Cold War Interests: 

The exhibition examines the denial of freedom of travel by the GDR as well as its policy of harassment and control on the German-German border. It shows the power of the government as well as the powerlessness of the governed. Failed as well as successful attempts to escape via the Probstzella Border Railway station are being documented. Furthermore, it provides information about the history of the railway station between 1945 and 1990. Original exhibits, documents and photos as well as film and sound clips are available.