Road of Hope The route along the former death strip is lined with sculptures and commemorates the anti-communist resistance.

Road of Hope

Artwork, Memorial, Thought-Provoking

Fourteen monumental sculptures captivate visitors along the historic Death Strip of the former inner-German border between Hesse and Thuringia. The iron sculptures on the Road of Hope are reminiscent of the Iron Curtain, whose length of 1400 meters reflects the 1400 km long former inner-German border. Here, in the so-called Fulda Gap, a Third World War could have broken out, because this border not only separated Germany, but also divided Europe and the world – it was the border between freedom and oppression.

The Point Alpha Foundation has erected the Road of Hope as an impressive symbol to commemorate the resistance against the communist dictatorships in Central and Eastern Europe: Peoples Uprising in East Germany on June 17, 1953, Hungarian Uprising in 1956, Prague Spring in 1968, Solidarity Movement in Poland in the 1980s, and the great peace demonstrations in East Germany in 1989. All of these courageous forms of rebellion were an expression of an unbroken will for freedom and, at the same time, of the firm belief that people can change even the almost impossible if they stand up for their very own convictions with the courage of their despair and are willing to make sacrifices to do so. The impressive biographies of individuals who dared to resist dictatorships also stand for this.

With its 14 stations, the Road of Hope is linked to the Christian Way of the Cross. It encourages the viewer to remember his or her own fate in difficult times and to relate it to the sculptures. Only these individual reflections complete the total work of art, Road of Hope.

Begun in 2009, the work was completed on October 3, 2010. The sculptures were created by the artist Dr. Ulrich Barnickel, born in 1955, who grew up in Weimar, studied sculpture at Burg Giebichenstein in Halle an der Saale and, after several applications for emigration, was expatriated to the Federal Republic in 1985 and now lives near Fulda. Works by Ulrich Barnickel have been shown in numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad. The art project of the Point Alpha Foundation was supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media and the Thuringian Ministry of Culture.

die Geschichte sollte nie vergessen werden.
Andreas K.
08:08 22 Sep 19
Da ljudi posjete i vide istinu.
Neno Velebit V.
16:51 14 Sep 19
Die ganze Perfidität und Absurdität der innerdeutschen Grenze ist hier im Original nachzuerleben, gleichzeitig wird hier der Sieg des Lebens über den ehemaligen Todesstreifen herrlich gelebt. Ein Ort des Gedenkens und der Freude!
Patrick Thomas S.
09:24 12 Sep 19
It's history and the friendship that was given to all the soldiers that served in the 11th Cav..
Gerald U.
22:40 08 Jul 19
Was there with Transatlantic Outreach Program in July 2018. It was amazing to be on what was once contested ground and the frontline of The Cold War.
Mike A.
04:01 14 Jan 19
as a Soldier From the 11th ACR I had a very emotional visit 10.8.2018 42 years after I left Fulda this is a awesome memorial thanks to all
Oscar Guillermo F.
13:23 09 Oct 18
Auch zum zweiten Mal sehr interessant und sehenswert.
Ellen J.
15:06 17 Sep 17
War gestern da mit meiner Frau zusammen war ganz gut da.
Volker K.
15:02 23 Aug 17
+Interessante Gedenkstätte
+toller Audioguide
+interessante Ausstellungsstücke in einer Barracke
-Café sollte original US-Produkte anbieten!!!
Jörg M.
19:16 21 Aug 17
Habe mit meinen Jungs eine Reise in die deutsche Vergangenheit gemacht... sehr interessant und für die Jungs auch spannend.
Michael K.
18:27 14 Aug 17
Sehr interessante Ausstellung, die vorhandenen Grenzzäune etc. sind sehr beklemmend und man bekommt eine Vorstellung davon, wie schlimm es für die dort wohnende Bevölkerung gewesen sein muss. Gott sei Dank ist das vorbei!!!
Heike R.
15:25 20 Jul 17
Interessant und auch etwas beklemmend. Gut, dass diese Zeiten vorbei sind. Ich hoffe, dass auch diejenigen die diese Zeit nicht miterlebt haben, den Wert von offenen Grenzen begreifen.
Carsten W.
14:04 13 Apr 17
Sehr informativ.Das ist wahre Geschichte.Immer wieder gerne.
Thomas H.
12:32 10 Apr 17
history is all i can say...I was there when history was made with fall of the wall.
this was our home at that time... forever my home away from home.
Dee Jay N.
02:50 16 Jun 16
Tolle Ausstellung und eine geschichtsträchtige Umgebung, die diesen Ort einmalig macht.
Uwe K.
22:04 22 Jun 15
Sehr informativ und die Landschaft ist herrlich. Kann ich jedem empfehlen
Angelika J.
17:04 14 May 15
Es war beeindruckend und werden noch in diesem Jahr eine Fahrt zum Point Alpha anbieten
Pauls R.
12:07 09 Feb 15