Old east west germany map

East Germany decided to upgrade the fortifications in the late 1960s to establish a "modern frontier" that would be far more difficult to cross. Barbed-wire fences were replaced with harder-to-climb expanded metal barriers; directional anti-personnel mines and anti-vehicle ditches blocked the movement of people and vehicles; tripwires and electric signals helped guards to detect escapees; all-weather patrol roads enabled rapid access to any point along the border; and wooden guard towers were replaced with prefabricated concrete towers and observation bunkers. [32]

Today the Church’s main attraction is the Royal Crypt which holds 40 decorative tombs mainly of the Wittelsbach family who ruled Bavaria from 1180 through 1918 AD.  Of the royal tombs, the most visited is that of “ Mad” King Ludwig II .  Ludwig was disliked in his day for being disconnected from the people and for being an over-spender, but is loved today for the numerous castles and palaces he built.  One of this castles, Neuschwanstein Castle, is so beautiful that it inspired Walt Disney to make his version of Snow White’s Castle.   Church Hours : Daily 9am-7pm; Thursday open until 845pm; Sunday open until 10pm.   Crypt Hours : Monday-Friday 930am-530pm; Saturday 930am-230pm.   Cost : Church Free, Crypt 2 euros.   Church Website : ( HERE ).

Old east west germany map

old east west germany map


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