The Berlin wall chapter occupies a significant part of European history.
To this day, the site still holds a compelling story that draws thousands from across the globe to witness this heritage, an important lesson for a nation like Zimbabwe on how to package its heritage.
Standing magnificently in the middle of the city of Berlin, the remnants of the wall provide insight into a rich history and traces that date back to the 1960s.
Today, where there once stood barriers and watchtowers, stand memorials and monuments, guarding and contextualising the actual physical remains.
The remnants of the wall, which stretched for at least 160 kilometres to encircle West Berlin between 1961 and 1989, provide a sense of awe for international tourists, and more importantly, are a critical component in Germany’s domestic tourism matrix.
Within this context, the Berlin Wall provides an important lesson for Zimbabwe to package its own rich heritage sites given that some of them have been neglected for many years.
Zimbabwe’s sites hold a history that cannot be found elsewhere across the globe.
A case in point are the fossilised stones which lie in a derelict area, 11 kilometres after Mushumbi Pools in Mbire in the Kemanzambara village.
This area carries the rich story of Mopani trees that turned into stone and can be dated 170 million years ago.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Head of Corporate Affairs, Godfrey Koti agreed that there have been gaps in packaging such information, adding that it will be among their priority focus.
Many among our generation may not have an opportunity to witness such heritage sites, but those in authority can do well to preserve such sites for the benefit of future generations.