The Wall fell on November 9, 1989. Only a year later, the separated German states were reunited. What has happened to sailors in three decades? A journey through central Germany. Also: Interview with Till Jaich, marina operator and man from the very beginning on Rügen.
The then Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl saw "blooming landscapes" emerge in the area of the new federal states. A daring prognosis in view of the state in which huge areas were found, especially in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg. To put it in one word: lunar landscapes. The lignite opencast mine had torn deep scars into the country. The mining areas still in operation today provide a chilling picture of this.
But the scars gradually heal. No blooming landscapes, but glittering ones. Whether in the former chemical triangle near Bitterfeld, south of Leipzig or in Lausitz - huge new bodies of water form entire lake areas, some of which have already been conquered by water tourism. We visited a selection of the most interesting new areas for sailors.