HISTORIC SITES

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Asisi’s Wall Panorama

Artist Yade­gar Asisi cre­ated a panorama of di­vided Ber­lin pre­sent­ing ev­ery­day life against the back­drop of the Ber­lin Wall on an imag­i­nary day in the 1980s. His aim was to show how the pop­u­la­tion came to terms with the sit­u­a­tion and the cir­cum­stances, and the re­sult gives on­look­ers a very in­ter­est­ing glimpse of GDR life. Open daily 10am–7pm. €10/4. www.asisi. de. Friedrich­str. 205. T: 0341.3555340. U Kochstraße. E3/E4

Ber­lin Wall Doc­u­men­ta­tion Cen­ter

MUST SEE Walk along one of the few sur­viv­ing stretches of the Ber­lin Wall, then have all your ques­tions an­swered at the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre, of­fer­ing de­tailed ex­pla­na­tions on the Wall’s his­tory and pol­i­tics. Doc­u­ments, pho­to­graphs, and orig­i­nal ra­dio broad­casts from the East and the West doc­u­ment one of Ger­many’s sad­dest his­tor­i­cal pe­ri­ods. Open Tue–Sun 9:30am–7pm (un­til 6pm Nov– Mar). € free. www.ber­liner-mauerge­denkstaette.de. Ber­nauer Str. 111. T: 030.467986666. U Ber­nauer Straße. E2

Check­point Char­lie

Dur­ing the Cold War, Check­point Char­lie was the main gate­way be­tween East and West. Shortly af­ter the Wall went up, US and USSR tanks faced each other on this spot. To­day, this Cold War sym­bol is mainly the back­drop for tourist pho­to­graphs. U Kochstraße, U Stadt­mitte. E3/E4

East Side Gallery

While West Ber­lin­ers loved to ex­press their cre­ativ­ity by draw­ing graf­fiti and paint­ing on the Wall, East Ber­lin­ers were never al­lowed to use the di­vid­ing struc­ture as their can­vas. To make up for all the art­less years, artists from 21 coun­tries were called upon in 1990 to dec­o­rate one mile of the eastern seg­ment of the Ber­lin Wall with their work, cre­at­ing what is now known as the East Side Gallery. Müh­len­str. S+U Warschauer Straße, S Ost­bahn­hof. G4

Gleis 17

Be­tween 1941 and 1945, 50,000 Ber­lin Jews were packed into the freight and cat­tle cars of 186 trains leav­ing from

Track 17 of the

Much like the Lon­don Dun­geon, the Ber­lin Dun­geon pro­vides a ter­ri­fy­ing in­ter­ac­tive jour­ney through the dark past of the city’s his­tory through a some­times-spooky, ac­tor-led ex­pe­ri­ence. Vis­i­tors are taken through attractions such as the old li­brary of Ber­lin, a plague­in­fected street, a tor­ture cham­ber, a se­cret court, and more. Not rec­om­mended for young chil­dren. Open 10am– 6pm (un­til 5pm on win­ter week­days. Closed 24 Dec). €20/16 (dis­count when book­ing on­line). Un­der-14s must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. Com­bined tick­ets with Madame Tus­sauds, Sea Life, and Le­goland avail­able. www.the­dun­geons.com. Span­dauer Str. 2. S+U Hack­escher Markt. F3

Ber­lin Zoo and Aquar­ium

MUST SEE One of the city’s main attractions and the old­est zoo in Ger­many. The pavil­ions pro­vide lots of in­door space, mak­ing this zoo suit­able for rainy days. The aquar­ium is one of the largest in Europe, fea­tur­ing large tanks with pi­ra­nhas, sharks, and al­li­ga­tors. Open 9am– 6pm daily. Zoo or Aquar­ium: €13/6.50, un­der-5s free. Com­bined Zoo-Aquar­ium ticket: €20/10.www.aquar­i­um­ber­lin.de,www.zoo-ber­lin.de. Har­den­berg­platz 8. T: 030.254010. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. C4

Botanis­cher Garten

This large park was de­signed in the Ro­man­tic English style, with hills, lakes, and pretty green­houses. There is a palm house and a whole sec­tion ded­i­cated to ex­otic plants, in­clud­ing or­chids, cacti, and car­niv­o­rous plants. Open daily 9am– ca. one hour be­fore sun­set. Mu­seum closes at 6pm. €6/3.

www.bgbm.org. Köni­gin-Luise-Str. 6-8. T: 030.83850100. S Botanis­cher Garten. Off Map

Chil­dren’s Mu­seum Labyrinth

One of Ber­lin’s two chil­dren’s museums. Two floors of ac­tiv­ity sta­tions on the theme of con­struc­tion. Pleas­ant out­door area for the warmer days. Open Mo-Fri 9am- 6pm, Sat 1– 6pm, Sun 11– 6pm. €4.50 for all over-3s (3.50 on Fri­days). www.labyrinthkin­der­mu­seum.de. Os­loer Str. 12. T: 030.800931150. U Os­loer Straße then tram. Off Map

Chil­dren’s Mu­seum MachMit

MUST SEE A hands-on mu­seum for chil­dren. There is a climb­ing struc­ture, a maze, a soap mak­ing work­shop, a cin­ema, and lots of ac­tiv­i­ties to en­cour­age dis­cov­ery through play­ing. Tue–Sun 10am– 6pm. €5.50 for all over-3s. www.mach­mit­mu­seum.de. Sene­felder­str. 5/6. T: 030.74778200. S Pren­zlauer Allee. F1

Com­puter Game Mu­seum

Over 300 items, in­clud­ing rare orig­i­nals, walk vis­i­tors through the devel­op­ment of com­puter games from the 1959 Brown Box to the Plays­ta­tion and be­yond. Vis­i­tors can test most of the games. Open Wed–Mon 10am– 8pm. €8/5. www.com­put­er­spiele­mu­seum.de. Karl-Marx-Allee 93a. T: 030.60988577. U We­ber­wiese. G3

Cur­ry­wurst Mu­seum

Learn about Ber­lin’s most fa­mous street food, the cur­ry­wurst, at this small but en­ter­tain­ing mu­seum. Delve into its his­tory, dis­cover the se­crets of its yel­low sauce in the so-called spice cham­ber, and watch movies star­ring the de­li­cious sausage. Open 10am– 8pm. €11/7, un­der- 6s free. www.cur­ry­wurst­mu­seum.de. Schützen­str. 70. T: 030.88718647. U Kochstraße, U Stadt­mitte. E4

Deutsches Tech­nikmu­seum

MUST SEE All things tech­nol­ogy, as well as a hands-on sec­tion where kids can con­duct ex­per­i­ments. The old lo­co­mo­tives and the avi­a­tion rooms are the most pop­u­lar attractions, and a Rosi­nen­bomber, a 1948 Ber­lin Air­lift air­craft, is mounted on the mu­seum’s roof. Open Mon–Fri 9am–5:30pm, Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €6/3,50. www.sdtb.de. Treb­biner Str. 9. T: 030.902540. U Möck­ern­brücke, U Gleis­dreieck. E4

Domäne Dahlem City Farm

A real farm in the Ber­lin sub­urbs, with a manor house from the 1600s. The farm grounds are still in use and com­plete with all the usual an­i­mals, from cows to pigs to horses and geese. There’s also a small ex­hi­bi­tion of an­cient agri­cul­tural tools, and a farm­ers’ mar­ket on Satur­day morn­ings. Check web­site for spe­cial events. Open Wed– Mon 10am– 6pm in summer. Farm: € free ex­cept dur­ing spe­cial events. Mu­seum: €3/1.50. www.do­maenedahlem. de. Köni­gin-Luise-Str. 49. T: 030.6663000. U Dahlem Dorf. Off Map

Le­goland Dis­cov­ery Cen­ter

Ev­ery­thing is built with the fa­mous plas­tic bricks at this in­door Lego wonderland. There are videos ex­plain­ing how Lego is made, a Lego fac­tory, a 4D cin­ema with tac­tile ef­fects, a Du­plo vil­lage for the very lit­tle ones, and a medieval world with knights and drag­ons. Kids can build their own struc­tures and try them out at the test cen­tre. Daily 10am– 6pm (last ad­mis­sion 5pm) ex­cept 24 Dec. €16 (from €8 if you book on­line, un­der-3s free). Com­bined tick­ets with Madame Tus­sauds, Sea Life, and Ber­lin Dun­geon. www.legoland­dis­cov­erycen­tre.de. Pots­damer Str. 4. T: 01806.66690110. S+U Pots­damer Platz. D3

Madame Tus­sauds

Have your pic­ture taken with An­gela Merkel, Al­bert Ein­stein, John F. Kennedy, Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, One Di­rec­tion, or Shrek. You can even touch, kiss, and cud­dle your favourite per­son­al­i­ties. And yes, Adolf Hitler is there too, de­picted as a lit­tle man stand­ing in de­spair in his bunker dur­ing his fi­nal days. The leg­endary wax mu­seum also has a sec­tion ex­plain­ing how the fig­ures are made. Open 10am–7pm daily (un­til 9pm in Aug, closed 24 Dec). €21/16, dis­counts if you book on­line. Com­bined tick­ets with Ber­lin Dun­geon, Sea Life and Le­goland are also avail­able. www.madame­tus­sauds.com. Unter den Lin­den 74. U Bran­den­burger Tor. E3

Mu­seum für Naturkunde

The world’s largest di­nosaur skele­ton, ex­ten­sive col­lec­tions of shells, in­sects, and taxi­dermy, as well as prize-win­ning mounted an­i­mal dio­ra­mas. Open Tue–Fri 9:30– 6pm, Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €6/3.50. www.naturkun­de­mu­seum-ber­lin.de. In­vali­den­str. 43. T: 030.20938591. U Naturkun­de­mu­seum. E2

Sea Life & AquaDom

Daz­zling clown­fish, scary sharks, crawl­ing spi­der crabs, and lovely sea­horses are just some of the 5,000 creatures in­hab­it­ing this small but in­ter­est­ing aquar­ium. Dis­cover the ethe­real dance of the jel­ly­fish and ob­serve the ea­gle rays on your way to the Aquadom, a 16-m-tall cylin­dri­cal trop­i­cal fish tank that can be viewed from a slow el­e­va­tor. Daily 10am–7pm. €17.50/12.50 (dis­counts when book­ing on­line). Un­der-3s free. Com­bined tick­ets with Madame Tus­sauds, Ber­lin Dun­geon, and Le­goland also avail­able. www.vis­it­seal­ife.com. Span­dauer Str. 3. S Hack­escher Markt, S+U Alexan­der­platz. F3

Tem­pel­hof Air­port Park

MUST SEE What used to be the city’s most cen­tral air­port is now a pub­lic park. The six kilo­me­ters of run­ways are used for cy­cling, skat­ing, and jog­ging, and the whole field cov­ers four hectares. This is where many Ber­lin­ers spend their week­ends, bring­ing BBQ equip­ment or just pic­nick­ing on the grass while their kids fly col­or­ful kites. Tem­pel­hofer Damm.S Tem­pel­hof, U Platz der Luft­brücke, U Bod­din­straße. Off Map

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