Read about the Fulda Gap in the past and present now and what people will see on the Berlin education mission in June of 2016
I can’t believe this was the way it was for the first 10 years of my life. There were two countries and the people were in the middle of the entire debacle known as the Cold War between the USA and Russia. Fulda, a town of now 50,000 inhabitants was where my American father was stationed to defend the infamous Fulda Gap. The easiest way for the Russians to attack west Germany based on geography. A total of about 4,000 US troops were stationed in the small town for one thing, to be a speed bump against the Red Army until the US troops from Frankfurt and Wuerzberg could reinforce the area.
When the Berlin Wall came down the base closed for its final time in 1994. However, the base and the remnants of a past time still are very apparent throughout the region. The old barracks for the troops now house German families. The towers at Checkpoint Alpha pictured above are now a museum. The town thrived on the economy of the US troops and when they left there was a drastic economic decline throughout the region.
However, Fulda has weathered the storm and has turned around the economic downturn with a strategic plan to promote local small businesses. The downtown area is filled with local shops and boutiques as well as restaurants in the downtown. Musicians such as Elton John and others have taken notice of Fulda and have performed in the wonderful castle gardens. Many people from Frankfurt and other parts of the area are coming for day trips as well. It’s simply great to go back and see what the city has become.
Join me in rediscovering the past, present, and future of the city I was born in with others this summer as well as Berlin in the 2016 education mission with Fulda Foundation.
Here is the link for the details of the trip