Re-Creation: Iron Curtain Tourism and the Production of »East« and »West« in Cold War Germany

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The article looks at tourism on the borders between East and West Germany during the 1950s and 1960s. According to the author, tourism contributed to the social construction of the inter-German border, reifying divisions between the two states. Particular focus is given to physical changes in the borderlands. It is suggested that the East German government's perception of border tourism as a threat led to the visual concealment of border-related constructions, while West Germany's promotion of tourism made the borderlands more prominent. Other topics include affluence, German attitudes towards Western society, and visitor experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-131
Number of pages16
JournalTel Aviver Jahrbuch für Deutsche Geschichte
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Germany (East) -- Boundaries -- Germany (West)
  • Tourism
  • Domestic tourism
  • Tourism policy
  • East German history
  • West German history
  • Germany (East)
  • Germany (West)


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