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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.­pogra­ 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. Re­ich­stagufer 17. T: 030.46777790. S+U Friedrich­straße. E3

www.madame­tus­ Un­ter den Lin­den 74. T: 0180 6545800.

Ber­lin Dun­geon

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.the­dun­ 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.aquar­i­um­ber­, www.zoo- ber­ 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. 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- kin­der­mu­ 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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