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Foto: Ein Fahrrad lehnt an einem Baum neben einem Waldweg

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On 9 November 2019, Germany celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and one year later, it will celebrate the 30th anniversary of German Unity. To what extent has Germany grown together since then? Are we one people? The German-Iranian photographer Mina Esfandiari used her own muscle power to cycle the official German Unity Cycle Route from West to East (Bonn -> Berlin), searching for the “German soul” and gathering personal stories, emotions and portraits in her photo essay.
Where does Germany stand today? What unites us? What separates us? Stock-taking.

30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall - The German Unity Cycle Route - We would like to take the opportunity of this anniversary to make you aware of the “German Unity Cycle Route" project.

Mina on the German Unity Cycle Route

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Cycling from Bonn to Berlin – or the other way round?

When the 25th anniversary of German reunification was celebrated in 2015, the Ministry launched the German Unity Cycle Route project. The cycle route connects the cities of Bonn and Berlin and is a symbol of the growing together of the transport infrastructure of the former German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany. It weaves through seven federal states altogether: North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Berlin. On your way, you will cycle past around 100 historic sites and memorials.