Hal­loween Hor­rors

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You’ve carved the pump­kin, bought the fright­en­ing cos­tume, played some pranks while trick- or-treat­ing, and bobbed for ap­ples. Now it’s time to visit a haunted at­trac­tion and lis­ten to a few scary sto­ries. Ber­lin Dun­geon (p. 38) will have you laugh­ing and scream­ing dur­ing a 60-minute jour­ney through 700 years of the city's dark­est history. You’ll come face-to-face with sin­is­ter char­ac­ters such as the twisted monk Pa­ter Roderich and in­fa­mous Ber­lin se­rial killer Carl Gross­mann, who may have claimed as many as 50 vic­tims. Ex­pe­ri­ence the deadly plague in Kloster Straße and dreaded tor­ture cham­ber, then make your es­cape via river raft down the Spree river. English tours of­fered daily at 11:30am, 2:30pm, and 5:45pm. Not rec­om­mended for young chil­dren. Ber­lin, a plague-in­fected street, a tor­ture cham­ber, a se­cret court, and more. Not rec­om­mended for young chil­dren. Daily 10am– 6pm (win­ter week­ends un­til 5pm). € 20/16 (dis­count when book­ing online). Un­der-14s must be ac­com­pa­nied by adult. Com­bined LE­GOLAND, Madame Tus­sauds, and Sea Life tick­ets 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 zoo boasts the largest num­ber of species and to­tal an­i­mal res­i­dents in the world. The aquar­ium, one of the largest in Europe, fea­tures large tanks with pi­ran­has, sharks, and

31 Aug 1990 al­li­ga­tors. Daily 9am– 6pm. Zoo or aquar­ium: €13/6.50, un­der-5s free. Com­bined Zoo-Aquar­ium ticket: € 20/10. www.aquar­ium- ber­lin.de, www.zoo- ber­lin.de Har­den­berg­platz 8. T: 030.254010. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. C4

Botanis­cher Garten

The Ber­lin Zoo is home

to more than 1500 species, mak­ing it one of

the world's largest. 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. MUST SEE At the mu­seum for all things tech­nol­ogy, the old lo­co­mo­tives and avi­a­tion rooms are the most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions, while a Rosi­nen­bomber, a 1948 Ber­lin Air­lift air­craft, is mounted on the mu­seum’s roof. A hands- on sec­tion al­lows kids to con­duct ex­per­i­ments. Mon– Fri 9am– 5:30pm, Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €6/3.50. www.sdtb.de. Treb­biner Str. 9. T: 030.902540. U Möck­ern­brücke, U Gleis­dreieck. E4

Domäne Dahlem City Farm

A real farm in the Ber­lin sub­urbs, with a manor house from the 1600s, boasts farm grounds that are still in use, com­plete with all the usual barn­yard an­i­mals. There’s also a small ex­hi­bi­tion of an­cient agri­cul­tural tools and a Satur­day- morn­ing farm­ers’ mar­ket. Wed– Mon 10am– 6pm in sum­mer. Farm: Free ex­cept dur­ing spe­cial events. Mu­seum: € 3/1.50. www.do­maenedahlem.de. Köni­gin- LuiseStr. 49. T: 030.6663000. U Dahlem Dorf. Off Map

Madame Tus­sauds

Have your pic­ture taken with An­gela Merkel, Al­bert Ein­stein, One Di­rec­tion, or a host of other fa­mous names in en­ter­tain­ment and pol­i­tics. And, yes, there's even a wax Adolf Hitler, de­picted as a lit­tle man stand­ing in de­spair in his bunker dur­ing his fi­nal days. The leg­endary wax mu­seum also has a sec­tion ex­plain­ing how the fig­ures are made. Daily 10am–7pm ( Aug un­til 9pm). € 21/16, dis­counts if you book online. Com­bined Ber­lin Dun­geon, LE­GOLAND, and Sea Life tick­ets avail­able. www.madame­tus­sauds. com. Un­ter den Lin­den 74. S+U Bran­den­burger Tor. E3

Mu­seum für Naturkunde

Home to the world’s largest di­nosaur skele­ton, the nat­u­ral history mu­seum also fea­tures ex­ten­sive col­lec­tions of shells, in­sects, and prize-win­ning mounted an­i­mal dio­ra­mas. Tue– Fri 9:30– 6pm, Sat–Sun 10am– 6pm. €6/3.50. www. naturkun­de­mu­seum- ber­lin.de. In­vali­den­str. 43. T: 030.20938591. U Naturkun­de­mu­seum. E2

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