Greetings to all.
I just returned from a week in Berlin visiting various land record
offices and reacquainting myself with the former exclaves. I obtained
a number of copies of official maps - the first extract regards
Steinstucken from the Vermessungsamt in the branch city hall in
stadtteil Zehlendorf is posted in the group's photo library.
If you recall from previous messages, we discussed whether there was a
DDR exclave insice of Steinstuecken, where the Stahnsdorfer Bridge
crosses what were DDR railway tracks that traversed half of
Steinstuecken in a southerly direction.
It turns out that the about ten meters of the bridge span (the width
of the track be under it) was East German territory. The borter was
drawn around the bridge supports and the East territory in
Steinstuecken was merely a tongue or peninsula penetrating into the
The border was vertical in all respects.
The authorities in the town hall stated that the arrangement with the
East was that the West would care for the bridge deck and that the
residents of Steinstuecken would have unhindered access to cross the
bridge to the west side of the exclave from the access road that
entered Steinstuecken on the half east of the railway line.
Interestingly, I was also told that the traded exclaved territories
that W. Berlin gave up during the occupation reverted to Berlin city
upon unification, and that what W. Berlin had gained from E. Germany
stayed part of the city now that the DDR no longer exists.
I specifically asked in the city hall at Zehlendorf if that also meant
the three small former W. Berlin pieces in DDR-Boettcherberg are now
back as part of Berlin city (surrounded by Potsdam city land), and the
reply was "yes".
On my visit in Steinstuecken this time, I saw that the restaurant
(Gasthaus) businesses that were there before are gone. Street
alignments are changed a little. A nice illustrated monument to the
former enclave status has been erected at the SE corner (pics later).
The US-military helicopter landing platz is now a children's
playground, and new houses are going up all around it. The monument
to the suppport flights from the cold war times is still there and in
good shape. There are no traces of the border markings or wall
anymore - although the former "death strip'that was behind the wall is
overgrown with weeds and grass, is otherwise still empty and fenced
off along the old access road from W. Berlin.