Press release -
New audio tour at the former border between East and West
In cooperation with radio play author and speaker Harry Kühn, PMSG Potsdam Marketing und Service GmbH, published two new audio walks about Potsdam's East German history on the already existing "Potsdam City Guide" App.
The walks follow the former demarcation line between East Germany and West Berlin on the banks of lake Jungfernsee. They give an insight into the life in Potsdam at the time of Germany´s division and complement the existing information trail with eight steles headlined "Attention border".
The audio tour "Barrier zone in the park landscape" runs from the Glienicke Bridge to the former checkpoint at Bertini street. It explains the life in the restricted area, the successful and the failed attempts to escape as well as the background of the East German border regime.
Another audio tour "In the Shadow of the Iron Curtain" conveys the stories behind the stately villas in the area, provides information on the small Military Town No. 7, the New Garden and Cecilienhof Palace.
Radio play author Harry Kühn designed this tour in collaboration with Florentine Schmidtmann from the Leibniz Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam and Karoline Kleinert, author and director. "If you walk down Schwanenallee with its glamorous villas today, it is hard to imagine the Berlin wall blocking the view of the Havel 35 years ago and the citizens of the GDR who had to stop here. Behind the wall was West Berlin. So close and yet so far away. With the development of the new audio tours, we inteded to give an insight into this eventful time in Potsdam's history and draw attention to places that played an important role," says Harry Kühn.
The PMSG has created the technical prerequisites for the realization. "Since we already have an existing Potsdam app with different tours, it made sense to integrate the new audio tours here. The topic is of great interest to the guests and we hope that this offer will help them learn more about Potsdam's exciting history," says Mathilda Müller, Head of Group Service at the PMSG.
The "Potsdam City Guide" app can be downloaded free of charge from the Appstore and is available in both German and English.
PMSG Potsdam Marketing und Service GmbH is entrusted with the tourism and culture marketing of the state capital Potsdam. This includes advising guests in the Tourist Information centres and via the service hotline as well as the broad portfolio of public and private tours. The PMSG congress office provides advice on all aspects of meetings, congresses and company events in Potsdam. The tourism marketing activities also include the publication of the travel magazine and podcast, but also the daily exchange on social media channels and websites.