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Point Alpha

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Address: Platz der deutschen Einheit 1, 36419 Geisa, Thuringia, Germany
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+49 6651 919030
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The Memorial Point Alpha used to be an important observation post in the...

The Memorial Point Alpha used to be an important observation post in the period of the cold war. Today the historical site and its components are authentic credentials that serve to inform the visitors about the former border between east and west. In addition to the remains, a newly renovated museum covers the historical context and depicts the impacts the repressive system of the GDR had on the population close to the life-threatening border.

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Thought provoking place. Museum exceeds expectations.

Well designed memorial and museum of the menacing border between the former GDR and West Germany, and the US military observation point right next to it at this strategically... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 August 2016
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Well designed memorial and museum of the menacing border between the former GDR and West Germany, and the US military observation point right next to it at this strategically critical location in Central Europe. The exhibits in the museum are carefully chosen, well executed, and together illustrate vividly mutual fear, intimidation and determination that characterized the Cold War. My 9-... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

An English speaking guide, born and brought up in the village brought history to life. A visit organised by a group of ladies from Soroptimist International Fulda for us visiting from Solihull. US Camp Point Alpha was where NATO was expecting their opponent to invade. An exhibition tells the story

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

We passed by here while on the way to Nuremberg from Dresden on a group tour. This is an open air museum where you have an insight into the east and west Germany. You can see parts of the original Berlin Wall. Would have preferred to have more time to walk around and on a less windy day. It was... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2015

I was visiting relatives in Germany in December 2015 and I wanted to see this outpost that I heard about. I Went inside of the museum and walked the grounds and saw all the items from the time it was east & west era it was very interesting. Point Alpha is an interesting historical place to visit. There are several... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015

Outpost for the US Army at the Fulda Gap...boundary between Eastern and Western Germany. Good characterization of the life of Black Hawk Cavalry in this remote outpost. Museum chronicles the defense of the Geisa area of Germany from WWII to the fall of the wall and departure of the Back Horse Cavalry from the Fulda area.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

As a former member of the 11th Armored Cavalry, I can tell you that in its earliest days Point Alpha was a rougher place to live than towards the end. This was a combat outpost at a time when we were not sure if or when the bullets might fly. It is now a memorial to those times. Celebrate the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

Visited relatives in Germany and were taken to Point Alpha. To see how and where the border was patrolled is just amazing! Went to the museum and saw all the items from that era was very interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

This place is different from other existing preserved portions of the former German inner border because it was guarded and patrolled directly by American soldiers, which established a small outpost facing the fence. This was because it was thought that a potential invasion of the West from the East would probably take place here, close to the American command in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015 via mobile

I have not been to OP Alpha in over 25 years - I am planning on taking my son there next summer. I imagine it will be considerably more enjoyable this time around

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015

we visited point alpha jul 2014 we were visiting brother in law for weeks holiday . point alpha was a very interesting place to visit there was plenty of things to look at around the site and lots of information boards in many languages to help everyone we spent a few hrs wandering around and could actually walk along the... More 

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