Berlin Highlights – Part 3

Berlin Highlights – Teil 2
Berlin Highlights – Part 2
November 2, 2015
Potsdamer Weihnachtsmarkt in der historischen Innenstadt
“Blauer Lichterglanz” (blue blaze of light) – Potsdam City Christmas Market
November 16, 2015
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Unter den Linden

Unter Den Linden Berliner Dom GendarmenmarktUnter den Linden, Berlin’s grand boulevard, runs from the Brandenburg Gate to Schlossbrücke bridge. It is lined with places of interest, such as Berlin Cathedral, the Zeughaus, the Neue Wache, Humboldt University and the State Opera House. Once a bridle path, Unter den Linden has been enlarged on numerous occasions since the early 18th century. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, many buildings have been restored and redesigned, returning the boulevard to its former glory.

Museum of Natural History

SauriersaalThe Museum of Natural History in Berlin is one of the five largest natural history museums in the world.

The highlights of the Planetary Evolution & Life exhibition include: the world’s largest dinosaur skeleton – a 13.27 metre high Brachiosaurus brancai; the original Archaeopteryx lithographica remains – the world’s most famous fossil; and a ‘biodiversity wall’ with around 3,000 different species from a range of habitats.

Opening times:
Tuesday-Friday 9.30am-6pm, Saturday, Sunday & public holidays 10am-6pm

Germany Museum of Technology

Technikmuseum BerlinSpread over about 26,000 square metres, the Germany Museum of Technology in Berlin is one of Europe’s largest technology museums.

This interactive educational museum features exhibits covering public transport, communications, manufacturing and energy technology, inland and marine navigation, and aerospace. It also has a major collection of rolling stock housed in historical engine sheds. The museum garden, with its brewery and windmills, is an oasis of calm in the city.

Opening times:
Tuesday-Friday 9am-5.30pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm

Berlin Wall Memorial

Gedenkstaette BMThe Berlin Wall Memorial runs along the Bernauer Strasse section of the former no man’s land between East and West Berlin.

A 220-metre stretch of the Berlin Wall itself has been preserved. At this historic site, you can touch and feel the past. At other parts of the memorial there are photographs, videos and sound recordings telling the story of a divided nation. A tower with an observation platform provides a view out over the former border fortifications. The visitor centre holds regular exhibitions.

Opening times:
April-October: Tuesday-Sunday 9.30am-7pm; November-March: Tuesday-Sunday 9.30am-6pm

Topography of Terror

Vorderseite-EingangThis exhibition stands on the ground occupied, from 1933 to 1945, by the Gestapo building and its built-in prison.

The complex was also the site of the SS leadership and the headquarters of the state security forces. Among all the memorials, monuments and museums in Berlin that deal with Germany’s Nazi past, the Topography of Terror – ‘the site of the perpetrators’ – has a significance all of its own. At the heart of Germany’s capital, you can learn about the headquarters of the SS and the police state in the place where they actually stood – which makes the European aspect of the Nazi reign of terror all the more real.

Opening times:
daily 10am-8pm

DDR Museum

DDR MuseumThe DDR Museum is the only museum dedicated to life in the former GDR and gives an extended insight into coming to terms with everyday life under the Stasi and the wall. The permanent exhibition takes the maxim “history you can touch” quite literally: Information and exhibits are hidden away behind drawers, cabinets and doors. The exhibits can be handled and used, the kitchen still smells original as in the GDR, and the Trabi invites you on a virtual tour. The DDR museum is perhaps the most interactive museum in the world and the exhibition is something to experience. With over 500,000 visitors annually, the DDR Museum is one of the top 6 most visited museums in Berlin.

The Berlin- Hohenschönhausen Memorial

Berlin HohenschoenhausenThe Hohenschönhausen memorial site is a spacious area steeped in history, as well as a museum and memorial of the socialist GDR regime. Well-preserved and in sound condition, this destination is one of the most important memorial sites for the victims of communist dictatorship in Germany. It was originally a socialist warehouse, before becoming a central Soviet remand centre for Germany, and finally a prison for the GDR’s Ministry for State Security (Stasi). Around 40,000 people were detained there from 1946 to 1989. Since the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the majority of the inmates were potential escapees, those aiding people wishing to escape and those attempting to emigrate. Guided tours through the Stasi prison offer an insight into the prison conditions and into the fate of the prisoners, bringing to life the experience of persecution during the communist dictatorship.

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