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Berlin Dun­geon

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 plague-in­fected 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.labyrinth-kin­der­mu­seum.de. Os­loer Str. 12. T: 030.800931150. U Os­loer Straße then tram. Off Map

DID YOU KNOW? To follow the old Berlin Wall trail, look for a dou­ble line of cob­ble­stones on

the streets. MUST SEE On the site of the for­mer head­quar­ters of the SS and the Third Re­ich’s most im­por­tant of­fices, this per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion re­counts the tragic his­tory of Nazi forced la­bor, fo­cus­ing on the cen­tral in­sti­tu­tions of the SS and Third Re­ich po­lice and the crimes they com­mit­ted through­out Europe. A pre­served seg­ment of the Berlin Wall runs along the ex­hi­bi­tion grounds. Open daily 10am– 8pm. € free. www.to­pogra­phie.de. Niederkirch­n­er­str. 8. T: 030.2545090. U Kochstraße, Pots­damer Platz. E4

Trä­nen­palast (Palace of Tears)

Un­til 1990, this de­par­ture hall of the Friedrich­strasse sta­tion was also a bor­der cross­ing for West Ber­lin­ers on their way back home after vis­it­ing rel­a­tives and friends in the East. The many painful farewells brought lo­cals to re­name the build­ing “palace of tears.” The build­ing now hosts the per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion Bor­der ex­pe­ri­ence. Every­day life in di­vided Ger­many, which re­counts the ef­fects of the bor­der in Ger­man every­day life.

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

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