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.