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Tom Hanks Wants You to Go to Eisenhüttenstadt

Tom Hanks talks up the model Communist city on WhoSay.

Nov 5, 2013 | 03:11 PM

Although it’s been two years since Tom Hanks visited Eisenhüttenstadt, he’s still trying to do his part to draw tourists to the once-prosperous East German city.

Tom initially put Eisenhüttenstadt on the map when he described his visit on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” The former Communist city was initially built around an ironworks to showcase the Marxist ideals of the socialist movement. Now, almost 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the crumbling city is an artifact from a pre-unified Germany. This deep cultural significance is what attracted Tom to Eisenhüttenstadt. Although he joked that he encountered “a lot of cement,” he said that it was a “fascinating place” and he “loved going there.”

Sadly, it looks like not enough people took his advice. Yesterday, the New York Times published an article that touched upon Eisenhüttenstadt’s difficulty attracting tourists and retaining younger members of its population. In an effort to help out, Tom Hanks took to his WhoSay account to once again recommend that his fans pay a visit to the troubled city.

For a more detailed account of his trip to Eisenhüttenstadt, take a look at Tom’s interview with David Letterman. Would you want to visit Eisenhüttenstadt?

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