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DDR Museum, Berlin

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Providing interactive insight into everyday life under socialism, DDR Museum is in the former governmental district of East Germany. The hands-on exhibits show how ordinary people lived in East Germany between the end of World War II and the German reunification in 1990. The displays, which include various covert listening devices, are meant to give visitors the sense of always being under surveillance. This private museum opened in 2006 and has since been nominated for several prestigious awards. Keep in mind that this relatively small site gets quite crowded. Try to visit earlier in the day to avoid masses of tourists. Put DDR Museum into our Berlin itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This is a deservedly popular little museum showing daily life in the GDR. There are many hands-on exhibits including reconstructed rooms of daily life. Recommended for an insight into this topic, and ...  more »
  • I really enjoyed it here. So interesting and engrossing. There's a lot of interactive​ content and it's exhibit explanations are in English and German. It's fun and eye opening. Would recommend  more »
  • Great and well organized exposition about the everyday life in old DDR. Objects and tales and a full reconstruction of an house. Don't miss the test drive in the Trabant car! Really not to be missed!  more »
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  • Awesome museum, right opposite the Berliner Dom, and easy to access. Really cool to see and touch some things from daily life in the DDR. You can sit at desks and use phones, go through drawers and use typewriters etc.. Cars, papers, uniforms and daily stuff all on display. There is also a mock up of an entire house in the DDR with Bedrooms, Lounge, Kitchen, Bathroom etc.. It is really well done, clean, interesting and interactive. Really cool place, definitely recommend going! Loved it!
  • Really cool! Loads of interesting displays and interactive exhibitions. Has a mock up of an east German apartment which is really immersive. Everything is written in both German and English. The museum isn't huge but is densely packed and we spent a good couple of hours here. We arrived at opening time of 10am and it was soon busy with school groups. Might be a bit quieter later on.
  • Very interesting content displayed in a very clean and interactive way. They do a great job with letting you actually use/play/experience the items of the day to day lives of the people living in the DDR. It's not just another museum with items behind glass. It was very clean and well looked after with all of the displays in great upkeep. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The only downside is because of it's location there is no parking, so public transport is really the way to go. At the time of writing this the city was installing a new rail line specifically connecting the highlight landmarks in the area.
  • Strongly recommend. Hands on museum which is cool for kids and adults. You can really get a feel for what life was like as there are artefacts from the time. Example: a children's room with original toys or a pencil case with original stationary. Really cool. Recommend staying 3 hours if you are really interested in this stuff.
  • Interesting items on show all from the Berlin Wall era. Very interactive museum - you are able to sit in a soviet car for example. In my opinion the second half of the museum, which showcases a model communist flat, was the more interesting part.

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The Kreuzberg neighborhood near the Oberbaumbrüke bridge is central and full of Berlin icons: street art, a piece of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery, and a proliferation of cafes. Friedrichshain is another option with a hip vibe due to the students who congregate at its cafes and galleries. Consider Mitte as a historic home base. Mitte is the area where almost all of Berlin's well-known buildings are located, and it is within walking distance of Alexanderplatz. For a peaceful residential area, try Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf where the streets are lined with boutiques and quiet coffee shops.
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