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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. Tue– Fri 9am–7pm, Sat–Sun un­til 6pm. 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 (win­ter week­ends un­til 5pm). € 20.50/12.30(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 al­li­ga­tors. Daily 9am– 6:30pm. 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

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. Daily 9am– ca. one hour be­fore sun­set. Mu­seum closes at 6pm. €6/3. www.bgbm.org. Königin- Luise-Str. 6- 8. T: 030.83850100. S Botanis­cher Garten. 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. Daily 10am–7pm ( Aug un­til 8pm). € 23.50/18.50, 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

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