Published on : Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Time travel through divided Berlin: It split the world, separated a country, and ripped through a city. Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Time-Ride is now dedicating an entirely new attraction to the once-divided city. On August 24, 2019, the company opens its latest location directly at Checkpoint Charlie. There, virtual reality technology brings the past to life and sends tourists as well as locals on a unique time journey from west to east.
Station 1 – Checkpoint Charlie
The start makes a proverbial trip to the front door of Checkpoint Charlie. Equipped with wireless VR glasses and accompanied by TimeRide staff, guests will experience the most famous border crossing in Berlin’s history from an entirely new perspective.
Station 2 – The view through the Wall
Back at the TimeRide location, the second station provides the proverbial view through the wall. What did everyday life in the West look like, how did people live in the East?
Station 3 – The contemporary witnesses
The next room focuses on personal life stories. Oversized passports illustrate how different people existed in divided Berlin. Everyone dealt with the separation and the system of the GDR in a distinctive way everyone has different memories. The highlight: guests can choose with whom they want to embark on their VR travel time – the defiant craftsman, the reflective architect, or the rebellious “border runner” from the West.
Station 4 – The Virtual Reality Ride
The most exciting part happens at the end of the VR tour through the divided Berlin: visitors take a seat in a bus from the 1980s and, thanks to virtual reality technology, take off into the past. During the virtual city tour, the time travelers experience a security check at Checkpoint Charlie, drive across Friedrichstrasse, and see the Palace of the Republic shining again in old splendor. At the end of the journey, original pictures of the Fall of the Berlin Wall remind of why this event still shapes Germany so profoundly today.
“This year, the world celebrates the Fall of the Berlin Wall for the thirtieth time. With our new TimeRide location, we can relive the time before the German reunification to remember what has changed since then. The exhibition concept is directed at both contemporary witnesses and future generations”, says Jonas Rothe, Founder and Managing Director of TimeRide GmbH. “We are pleased after the opening in Cologne and Dresden to be able to open a location in the capital.”
The tour is designed for individuals as well as (school) groups of eight or more and takes about one hour. The visit is recommended for children from the age of six. Partner and co-partner of TimeRide GmbH is the Berlin concert promoter DEAG.