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MUST SEE Ber­lin’s trib­ute to the vic­tims of the Shoah is as big as a soc­cer field and con­sists of 2711 tomb­stone-like slabs of equal size and vary­ing heights placed on an un­even ground to con­vey a sense of claus­tro­pho­bia and dis­ori­en­ta­tion. The un­der­ground in­for­ma­tion cen­tre pro­vides a timeline of Jewish per­se­cu­tion. Ac­ces­si­ble 24 hours a day. € free. www.holo­caust-mah­n­mal.de. Cora- Ber­liner Straße. T: 030.2639430. U Bran­den­burger Tor. E3

Karl-Marx-Allee

Ber­lin’s best ex­am­ple of GDR- era neo-re­al­ist ar­chi­tec­ture. Built be­tween 1950 and 1960, the 90-m-wide boule­vard was meant to pro­vide hous­ing for thou­sands of peo­ple and a back­drop for mil­i­tary pa­rades, and quickly be­came a source of na­tional pride for the GDR. The res­i­den­tial tower blocks were in­spired by Moscow and by Stalin’s ideal style, na­tion­al­is­tic in form but so­cial­ist in con­tent. The boule­vard is an im­por­tant ar­chi­tec­tural show­case. Karl- Marx-Allee. U We­ber­wiese, Straus­berger Platz. F3/G3

KPM Ber­lin

Once upon a time in Ber­lin, a Ger­man king bought a lo­cal porce­lain fac­tory, and Königliche Porzel­lanMan­u­fak­tur was born. To­day known as KPM Ber­lin for short, the com­pany still makes ex­quis­ite, worl­drenowned porce­lain table­ware and dec­o­ra­tive goods. At its Tier­garten head­quar­ters, the old­est still- run­ning man­u­fac­tory in the city, vis­i­tors can take a tour, take a break in the café, and – of course – shop for beau­ti­ful hand- painted porce­lain. www.kpm- ber­lin.com. Wegelystr. 1. T: 030.390090. S Tier­garten. C3

Mauer Mu­seum (Haus am Check­point Char­lie)

This pri­vately-run ex­hibit ex­plores the means and tools used by East Ger­mans to es­cape the GDR un­til 1989: Tra­bant cars with hid­den doors, hot air bal­loons, tun­nels, and chair­lifts were just some of the crafty in­ven­tions de­vised by GDR res­i­dents. Open Mon–Sun 9am–10pm. €12.50/6.50. www.mauer­mu­seum.de. Friedrich­str. 43- 45. T: 030.2537250. U Kochstraße. E3/E4

Sach­sen­hausen Con­cen­tra­tion Camp

Built by pris­on­ers as a model con­cen­tra­tion camp in 1936, Sach­sen­hausen’s first in­mates were mainly po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers, whereas Jews, gyp­sies, ho­mo­sex­u­als, and peo­ple con­sid­ered “in­fe­rior” were brought here a few years later. The iron gate bears the in­fa­mous “Ar­beit macht frei” sign, and the bar­racks host a num­ber of ex­hi­bi­tions about ex­ter­mi­na­tion meth­ods, daily life of pris­on­ers and the med­i­cal ex­per­i­ments per­formed on them. Open 8:30am– 6pm (un­til 4:30pm midOct– mid- March). Mu­se­ums and ex­hi­bi­tions closed on Mon­days. € free. Guided tours avail­able. www.stiftung- bg.de. Straße der Na­tio­nen 22, MUST SEE Be­tween 1945 and 1989, more than 20,000 peo­ple sus­pected of op­pos­ing the GDR’s po­lit­i­cal sys­tem were ar­rested by the Stasi and brought to this cus­tody build­ing. In its first and dark­est years, the pri­son’s cel­lars, known as “the sub­ma­rine,” were used to in­flict psy­cho­log­i­cal tor­ture on the in­mates, while the rel­a­tively more hu­mane cells are on the up­per floors, next to a seem­ingly never- end­ing cor­ri­dor filled with in­ter­ro­ga­tion rooms. Tours in English on Wed, Sat, and Sun at 2:30pm. € 5/2.50. en.stiftung- hsh.de. Gensler­str. 66. T: 030.98608230. S Landsberger Allee, then Tram M5 to Freien­walder Strasse, then 10-minute walk. Off Map

To­pogra­phie des Ter­rors

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. Open Tue– Fri 9am–7pm, un­til 6pm on Sat and Sun. € free. www.hdg.de. Re­ich­stagufer 17. T: 030.46777790. S+U Friedrich­straße. E3

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

Re­serve a Pri­vate VIP Tour or book a ticket for our daily tour groups at: Tour­point Lounge at Café Friedrich­str. 106. T: 030 26321381. www. seg-ber­lin-ways.de

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