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Berlin – Berlin Wall Stuff and More Museums

deutsches teknik museum
  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.
  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.

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.
family tours berlin

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:

Berlin Wall History Tour for Kids

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
kids books berlin wall germany
what was the berlin wall  

Illustrated history of Berlin, from capital of Germany in World War II, to the Berlin blockade, city divided into East and West in 1961, historic escapes, city reunited Nov. 9, 1989, plus photos and timeline. Good for older kids. (Chapter book)


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)


a night divided  
A Night Divided
Jennifer A. Nielsen

Summer 1961. Gerta's family lives in East Berlin - overnight, when the wall goes up, her family is separated. Four years later, Gerta spots her brother and father on the other side of the wall in West Berlin, and begins a dangerous plan to escape. An exciting novel that brings to life a divided city. (Chapter book)





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