Ostalgia Ain't What It Used to Be: Tourists Want to See More Berlin Wall

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 04, 2008

A new survey of Berlin tourists has found that most visitors have one thing in mind when they think of the German capital: the Berlin Wall. And, according to the study, they would like to see a lot more of it. more...

Uproar on the Left: State Representative Wants the Stasi Back

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2008

A Left Party member of parliament in the state of Lower Saxony is in hot water after suggesting that the secret East German police -- the feared Stasi -- and the Berlin Wall weren't such bad ideas after all. more...

From East Germany to Phnom Penh: Trabant Team Tackles Two Continents, 320 Breakdowns

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 10, 2008

A team of ambitious young travellers have driven a fleet of three Trabants, the infamous East German autos, from Germany to Phnom Penh as a fundraiser for Cambodian street children. The 16,100 mile journey spanned 21 countries -- and 320 breakdowns. more...

Happy Birthday Trabant! An East German Icon Hits 50

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2007

It may be made of a cotton composite, but the East German automobile Trabant has stood the test of time. On Wednesday, the car turned 50 years old, and may be more popular than ever. By Jürgen Pander more...

Nostalgia on Wheels: Trabi To Hit the Road Again?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2007

A Bavarian model-car manufacturer is dreaming big, planning to put the boxy East German Trabant back on the road with a new version. But is nostalgia enough to sell one of history's most-maligned cars? By Andrew Curry in Berlin more...

DDR Chic: Reliving East Germany in a Berlin Hotel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2007

Want to spend a night in East Germany and experience the way things used to be? A new youth hostel has opened in Berlin seeking to offer visitors a taste of life before the Wall fell and a bit of Communist kitsch. By Tobias Schreiter in Berlin more...

The Trabant Toots Its Horn: A Rattletrap East German Icon Has Its Day Again

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 18, 2007

East Germany's most famous icon doesn't officially turn 50 until the autumn. But this weekend, Trabant fans from all over Europe gathered to pay homage to the beloved automobile. By Mark Landler in Zwickau, Germany more...

Sniff the West: New Scent Recalls East German Intershops

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 02, 2007

Forget mint. A new scent from an eastern German entrepreneur promises to make your home smell like a hard-currency shop in former East Germany. The recipe? Some washing powder, a dash of tobacco, and a portion of glossy magazine. By Charles Hawley more...

Communist Street Names: East Germany Alive and Well

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 03, 2006

It is almost 17 years since the fall of communist East Germany, but still the regime is commemorated in thousands of street names all over the region. Those who fought the dictatorship, on the other hand, are barely remembered. By Hubertus Knabe more...

DDR Living: Museum Offers 'Ostalgic' Look at East Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2006

As the Palast der Republik, the former house of the East German parliament is gradually dismantled, a new temple to the failed state has opened its doors a stone's throw away: the DDR Museum. Critics say its focus on consumerism white-washes East Germany's troublesome history. But in a city that is systematically stripping all signs of Communism, the DDR Museum provides an opportunity to see how people really lived. By Susan Stone in Berlin more...