It’s His­tory

Where Berlin - - Sight Seeing -

So you thought the Berlin Wall was just a straight line run­ning through the city, and you are not even sure why ex­actly it came down. If you feel you need a ba­sic his­tory in­tro­duc­tion be­fore delv­ing into the city, make a stopover at the Story of Berlin mu­seum (p.46), which pro­vides an easy-to-di­gest over­view of the city’s last 800 years. The his­toric pe­ri­ods are di­vided into clear sec­tions, with lots of em­pha­sis on WWII and the di­vi­sion and re­uni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many. Par­tic­u­lar episodes of his­tory are ex­plained through in­stal­la­tions, such as the sound of foot­steps on bro­ken glass to rep­re­sent the Kristall­nacht pogroms, slideshows, videos, and hands-on ex­hibits. Want to ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand the fear of a Soviet nu­clear at­tack? Go down a few steps to visit the orig­i­nal Cold War bomb shel­ter.

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