KIDS AND FAMILIES
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 exhibition grounds. Daily 10am– 8pm. Free. www.topographie.de. Niederkirchnerstr. 8. T: 030.2545090. U Kochstraße, S+U Potsdamer Platz. E4
Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears)
Until 1990, the departure hall of the Friedrichstraße station was also a border crossing for West Berliners on their way home after visiting relatives and friends in the East. The many painful farewells brought locals to rename the building the “palace of tears.” The permanent exhibition Border Experience: Everyday Life in Divided Germany recounts the effects of the border on German residents of the time. Open Tue– Fri 9am–7pm, until 6pm on Sat and Sun. € free. www.hdg.de. Reichstagufer 17. T: 030.46777790. S+U Friedrichstraße. E3
www.madametussauds.com. Unter den Linden 74. T: 0180 6545800.
Much like the London Dungeon, the Berlin Dungeon provides a terrifying interactive journey through the city's dark past via a sometimesspooky, 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. Daily 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 includes pavilions that provide ample indoor space, making the venue suitable for rainy days. The aquarium, one of the largest in Europe, features large tanks with piranhas, sharks, and alligators. Daily 9am– 6pm. Zoo or
The Legoland Discovery Center on Potsdamer Platz (p. 38) will keep kids
entertained for hours. 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
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. KöniginLuise-Str. 6- 8. T: 030.83850100. S Botanischer Garten. Off Map
Children’s Museum Labyrinth
One of Berlin’s two children’s museums, the venues offers 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
Children’s Museum MachMit
MUST SEE The hands- on children’s museum offers 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.
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