In the early hours of Sunday, August 13th 1961, hundreds of guards took their positions on the demarcation line at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Ripping apart roads running alongside the border and bisecting East and West Germany with a forbidding barbed wire fence, loyal members of the German Democratic Republic conveyed to the world their iron-fisted, Soviet separatist resolve. But for those who lived through the Berlin Wall’s oppressive existence, the stone barricade represented a damning limit on their right to self-determination and freedom in an increasingly democratizing world.
Could this place be any more stunning? Beyond its stellar bends, the Saar River region is home to quite a few Riesling wine orchards.