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GRD/DDR Museum

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DDR Museum
Photograph: Kate Bettes for Time Out

Time Out says

A collection of DDR memorabilia, from travel tickets to Palast der Republik serviettes

What is it?

This surprisingly fun and interactive space was founded to teach younger generations about the German or Deutschland Democratic Republic AKA East Germany.

Is it worth visiting?

Very much so. The GDR/DDR Museum has an unusual style that sees visitors being immersed in the recent chunk of German history, meaning you understand it better as a visitor to Berlin. It is the largest, most interactive and diverse exhibition on the subject.

The focus is predominantly on the everyday life of the GDR. So take a Communist blast from the past. Rifle through the draws and cupboards of a GDR-era prefabricated apartment, take a spin in the Trabi car driving simulation and look at memorials of those persecuted by the menacing Stasi secret police. 

How much does it cost?

Time slots need to be booked ahead of time on the website. Entry is €13.50 with reduced prices available. Tours, queue-jump tickets and more are available on GetYourGuide

The permanent exhibition is accessible at the main entrance, and barrier free bathroom is on site. Note that if you take the route from Liebknecht Bridge down to the Spreepromenade for the entrance, there is a steep ramp and stairs.

If you would prefer to visit with fewer visitors, the museum recommends that you visit after 5 pm (it is open till 9 pm).

Service and guide dogs are allowed onsite, with proof of this status needed.

Where’s good to eat nearby?

The GDR Museum is on the River Spree near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island in Mitte. Being extremely close to the centre of Berlin, there are a ton of restaurants to take your pick from. 

In summer, walk north to Strandbar Mitte, for woodfired pizzas, Aperol Spritzes and dancing lessons on the river. In winter, cosy up for a vegan-friendly brunch at Factory Girl on Auguststraße 15 minutes away. 

Alternatively, simply head anywhere north, east or west. You’ll find something to drool over, trust us.

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Kate Bettes
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Karl Liebknecht Strasse 1
S5, S27, S9, S75 Hackescher Markt
Opening hours:
Open 10am-8pm Mon-Fri, Sun; 10am-10pm Sat
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