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MUST SEE Walk along one of the few sur­viv­ing stretches of the Berlin Wall in an area of the city where its im­pact was par­tic­u­larly dra­matic, then delve into its sto­ried his­tory at the doc­u­men­ta­tion cen­ter. Doc­u­ments and orig­i­nal ra­dio broad­casts from both East and West chron­i­cle one of Ger­many's sad­dest his­tor­i­cal pe­ri­ods. Open-air ex­hi­bi­tion: 8am-10pm daily; doc­u­men­ta­tion cen­ter: Tue–Sun 10am– 6pm. Free. www.ber­liner-mauerge­denkstaette.de. Ber­nauer Str. 111. U Ber­nauer Straße. E2

East Side Gallery

While West Ber­lin­ers loved to ex­press their cre­ativ­ity by draw­ing graf­fiti and paint­ing on the Wall, East Ber­lin­ers were never al­lowed to use the di­vid­ing struc­ture as a can­vas. To make up for all the art­less years, artists from 21 coun­tries were called upon in 1990 to dec­o­rate one mile of the Wall's eastern seg­ment with their work, cre­at­ing what is now known as the East Side Gallery. Müh­len­straße. S+U Warschauer Straße, S Ost­bahn­hof. G4

Holo­caust Me­mo­rial

MUST SEE Berlin's trib­ute to the vic­tims of the Holo­caust is as big as a soccer field and con­sists of 2711 tomb­stone-like slabs of equal size and vary­ing heights, placed on un­even ground to con­vey a sense of claus­tro­pho­bia and dis­ori­en­ta­tion. The un­der­ground in­for­ma­tion cen­ter pro­vides a time­line of Jewish per­se­cu­tion. Ac­ces­si­ble 24 hours a day. Free. www.holo­caust-mah­n­mal.de. Cora- Ber­liner Straße. T: 030.2639430. U Bran­den­burger Tor. E3

Karl-Marx-Allee

Berlin's best ex­am­ple of GDR- era Ne­o­re­al­ist ar­chi­tec­ture is a 90m- (295ft-) wide boule­vard built be­tween 1950 and 1960 to pro­vide hous­ing for thou­sands of res­i­dents and to act as a back­drop for mil­i­tary pa­rades. The street quickly be­came a source of na­tional pride for East Ger­many, due to its res­i­den­tial tower blocks in­spired by Moscow and by Stalin's ideal style: na­tion­al­is­tic in form but so­cial­ist in con­tent. The boule­vard is an im­por­tant ar­chi­tec­tural show­case. U We­ber­wiese, Straus­berger Platz. F3/G3

Stasi Prison

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: €14.50/ 7.50, un­der- 4s free. Com­bined ZooAquar­ium ticket: € 20/10. www.aquar­ium- berlin.de, www.zoo- berlin.de Har­den­berg­platz 8. T: 030.254010. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. C4 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 Fred­er­ick II, the King of Prus­sia, did not like the Ger­man lan­guage and pre­ferred to write in French de­spite his poor gram­mar in that lan­guage. 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 in win­ter, daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm in sum­mer. € 6/3. 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

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 Cur­ry­wurst Mu­seum

Learn about Berlin's most fa­mous street food at this small but en­ter­tain­ing mu­seum. Delve into Cur­ry­wurst his­tory, dis­cover the se­crets of its yel­low sauce in the "spice cham­ber," and watch movies star­ring the de­li­cious sausage. Daily 10am– 8pm. €11/ 7, un­der- 6s free. www.cur­ry­wurst­mu­seum.de. Schützen­str. 70. T: 030.88718647. U Kochstraße. E4

Madame Tus­sauds Sea Life & AquaDom

Daz­zling clown­fish, scary sharks, crawl­ing spi­der crabs, and quirky sea­horses are just some of the 5000 crea­tures in­hab­it­ing this small but in­ter­est­ing aquar­ium. Dis­cover the ethe­real dance of the jel­ly­fish and ob­serve the ea­gle rays on your way to the Aquadom, a 16m-tall cylin­dri­cal trop­i­cal fish tank that can be viewed from a slow el­e­va­tor. Daily 10am–7pm. €17.95/14.50 (dis­counts when book­ing on­line). Un­der-3s free. Com­bined Berlin Dun­geon, LE­GOLAND, and Madame Tus­sauds tickets

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