• Beach with pier around 1883

    Beach with pier around 1925

  • Boardwalk of Baltic Sea Side Resort Arendsee

    Boardwalk of Baltic Sea Side Resort Arendsee (now Kühlungsborn West) around 1900

  • Hotel “Hansahaus“, still existing, Baltic Sea Side Resort Arendsee

    Hotel “Hansahaus“, still existing, Baltic Sea Side Resort Arendsee  around 1900 (now Kühlungsborn West)

  • Pier with steamboat in Baltic Sea Side Resort Brunshaupten

    Pier with steamboat in Baltic Sea Side Resort Brunshaupten ( now Kühlungsborn Ost)  around 1883

  • Pier with steamboat in Baltic Sea Side Resort Kühlungsborn Ost, 1938

    Pier with steamboat in Baltic Sea Side Resort Kühlungsborn Ost, 1938

  • Postcard Beach Kühlungsborn 1955

    Postcard Beach Kühlungsborn 1955

  • Postcard Kühlungsborn  with Pier Kühlungsborn  West

    Postcard Kühlungsborn  with Pier Kühlungsborn  West

  • Postcard Kühlungsborn  , GDR (East Germany)

    Postcard Kühlungsborn  , GDR (East Germany)

  • Grenzordnung (1982)

    Border regulations (1982)

  • Border Watch in front of  Military Barrack “Fiete Schulze”

    Border Watch in front of  Military Barrack “Fiete Schulze”

  • Deployments of Border Ships

    Deployments of Border Ships

  • GDR border soldiers controle fishing boats

    GDR border soldiers controle fishing boats

  • Armed  border soldiers patrole the beach

    Armed  border soldiers patrole the beach

  • Sailor on a border ship observes the sea

    Sailor on a border ship observes the sea

  • Border ship of an older type

    Border ship of an older type

  • Mobile search light oft he border brigade

    Mobile search light oft he border brigade

  • Loading of beach chairs

    Loading of beach chairs (Strandkorb), GDR times

  • Postcard of the new building FDGB Hotel

    Postcard of the new building FDGB Hotel “Ernst Grube”, GDR

  • Beach life 1981, GDR

    Beach life 1981, GDR

  • Indoor Seawater swimmingpool Kühlungsborn

    Indoor Seawater swimmingpool Kühlungsborn, GDR times

  • Inside view FDGB Hotel „Mühlsen“, Kühlungsborn Ost, GDR times

    Inside view FDGB Hotel „Mühlsen“, Kühlungsborn Ost, GDR times

  • Event programme FDGB Feriendienst , Kühlungsborn, GDR times

    Event programme FDGB Feriendienst , Kühlungsborn, GDR times

  • FDGB Feriendienst Propaganda flyer, Kühlungsborn, GDR times

    FDGB Feriendienst Propaganda flyer, Kühlungsborn, GDR times

  • Sand castle with GDR Propaganda, Kühlungsborn, GDR times

    Sand castle with GDR Propaganda, Kühlungsborn, GDR times

History

 
Grenzsoldaten am Strand

Between 1961 and 1989 the Border Brigade Coast was stationed in Kühlungsborn. For nearly 40 years residents and visitors had to put up with a deterrent control system that should prevent escape attempts.  Millions of tourists who came to the Baltic Sea every year had to spend their holidays under special conditions. Strict laws regulated the swimming activity, the overnight accommodations, the obligatory registration and the use of all kinds of water vehicles. Destination of the escapes was the coast of Schleswig-Holstein in West Germany and also  Denmark which was 40 km away. The Baltic Border was military surveilled through the Border Brigade Coast as well as through Civil surveillance with the help of Stasi, local authorities and border volunteers.