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Berlin – Berlin Wall Stuff and More Museums

Museum fur Naturkunde
  Museum of Natural History (Museum fur Naturkunde) – The Natural History Museum is a gem. As you walk into the main hall, a gigantic brachiosaurus skeleton soars high above your head. Find your way to the full-size dioramas where kids can see animals native to Europe. Check out the exhibits of wild boar (a personal favorite), moose, red deer (complete with sound effects), wolves, big horn sheep, bison, minks, lynx, etc. The free audio tour in English explains all the animals.
  Tip: Museum of Natural History is free with the Berlin Pass.
Deutshes Technikmuseum
  German Museum of Technology (Deutsches Technikmuseum) The real name for this museum should be "the incredible railway museum." The museum is an old converted roundhouse, and in it you'll find steam trains from the 1840's, huge steam locomotives, early electric trains, the personal car of Kaiser Wilhelm II, WWII train cars. Also at the museum outdoors, Dutch-style windmills, a water wheel, and blacksmith shop where you can watch the blacksmith at work. Inside, there are exhibits of old-fashioned TV's, radios and computers, plus mechanized looms. There are plenty of hands on exhibits – things to push and pull.
  Tip: Museum is free with the Berlin Pass.
   

Checkpoint Charlie Museum (Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie) – "You are leaving the American Sector." Checkpoint Charlie, the infamous crossing point between East and West Berlin, conjures up scenes of the Cold War. Today, all that's left is the East German watchtower, a stark concrete curiosity in the midst of the now unified city. The museum exhibits cover the history of the Berlin Wall, including stories and artifacts of those who tried to escape from East to West Berlin. Especially vivid is a small wooden cart used by 57 people to escape in a tunnel, or cars with secret compartments for escapees. Don't miss the drawings made by children when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 – touching images of a world without walls. Older kids will appreciate this museum.

  Tip: Checkpoint Charlie Museum is free with the Berlin Pass.
Berlin Wall
  To see the largest standing section of the Berlin Wall, go to Muhlenstrasse along the Spree River (near the Oberbaumbrucke). There the wall has been painted by over a hundred artists from 21 different countries, and is now called the East Side Gallery. When you look at the wall today, it doesn't seem all that tall, but it's not hard to imagine the guard dogs, electrical fences, trenches, watch towers, and machine guns that enforced the division of the city.
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Get the story of the divided city, tales of espionage and escape, bike along the remaining wall, check out the last of the "deathstrip" watchtowers. This four hour bike tour is a super activity for teens and older kids.

Berlin Wall and Cold War Bike Tour
 

Take a private family walking tour around the East Side Gallery, and learn about Berlin, divided into east and west by a wall. Then ride up the Fernsehturm TV Tower to look out over what was once two cities:

Divided Berlin for Families
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You're living in Berlin, divided into East and West Berlin. Life in East Berlin is difficult, and many people would like to go to West Berlin. Do you try to escape, stay and guard the wall, or join protests against the wall? Choose from three different stories, 20 different endings. (Illustrated chapter book)

 

     
Wall
Tom Clohosy Cole

When the Berlin Wall goes up, a family is divided – father in the West, mother and children in East Berlin. The boy imagines how they could escape, and he starts to dig. (Picture book)

 

 
     
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Escape to West Berlin
Maurine F. Dahlberg

Summer 1961. Heidi is like other teenagers in East Berlin, except everything is about to change completely. Her parents cross safely to West Berlin, but Heidi and her grandmother are still in East Berlin on the day the wall goes up. An exciting novel that brings to life the Berlin Wall crisis. (Chapter book)

 

     
When the Wall Came Down
Serge Schmemann

First hand reporting of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November, 1989, and then the re-unification of Germany, plus photos and a timeline. Good for older kids. (Chapter book)

 

 
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