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Ger­many, in­clud­ing Tra­bant cars with hid­den doors, hot-air bal­loons, tun­nels, and chair­lifts. 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 in 1936 by pris­on­ers as a model con­cen­tra­tion camp, Sach­sen­hausen saw mainly po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers in its first years, while Jews, gyp­sies, ho­mo­sex­u­als, and peo­ple con­sid­ered “in­fe­rior” ar­rived a few years later. The iron gate bears the in­fa­mous “Ar­beit macht frei” sign, and the bar­racks host ex­hi­bi­tions about ex­ter­mi­na­tion meth­ods, the daily life of pris­on­ers, and the med­i­cal ex­per­i­ments per­formed on them. Daily 8:30am– 6pm (un­til 4:30pm mid- Oct– mid- March). Mu­se­ums and ex­hi­bi­tions closed Mon­days. Free. Guided tours avail­able. www.stiftung- bg.de. Straße der Na­tio­nen 22, Oranien­burg. T: 03301.200200. S Oranien­burg or RE Oranien­burg train from Haupt­bahn­hof. Off Map

Stasi Prison

MUST SEE Be­tween 1945 and 1989, more than 20,000 peo­ple sus­pected of op­pos­ing the East Ger­man po­lit­i­cal sys­tem were ar­rested by the Stasi (se­cret po­lice) 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 lined 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 Str., 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 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

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 Le­goland, Madame Tus­sauds, and Sea Life tick­ets avail­able. www.the­dun­geons.com. Span­dauer Str. 2. S 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.

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