Over 140 motorcycles, mopeds and scooters are on display in the 1. Berlin DDR Motorradmuseum. All well-known brands of two-wheel production from 40 years of GDR are represented here: Simson, IFA / MZ, IWL or EMW, as well as racing machines and special vehicles. The location is historic and among the six S-Bahn arcs at Alexanderplatz. Along the way, you will also discover the old market street, Markthallenstraße.
Nostalgia and passion in the DDR-Motorradmuseum
The 1. Berliner DDR-Motorradmuseum has existed since 2008 – the old Markthallenstraße, however, is much older. Floor tiles from Villeroy & Boch and granite stones originate from the year 1897. The founders of the museum like the ambience, and they decide to use it in the design. Finding the right atmosphere for the museum is important, so to the left and right of the entrance are images of historical street views. In-between the many two-wheelers on display are life-sized mannequins outfitted in motorcycle gear from the time. The walls display historical photographs and posters of classic bikers riding their motocycles. The exhibition spreads out over almost 1,000 square metres and over two floors. Each model displays a description with year of construction and technical details. You'll be able to see a Schwalbe-Scooter, or one of few remaining specimens from Honecker's escort motorcycles. You can still see the original GDR emblem on its front. The Vopo (Volksspolizei) is also on display but is not as impressive in appearance. Racing is represented by the DKW and IFA racing machines, of which there are only a few left in the world. There is also an MZ of the type ETS 250 Trophy Sport from 1970. The creative names given by the manufacturer IWL: Pitty, Wiesel and Troll, are unmistakable. The museum also has a cinema corner showing videos of the exhibits, ideal for a relaxing break.
Museum highlights around Alexanderplatz
Visit the Dungeon to experience the Elevator of Doom, the Plagued Street and the Butcher of Berlin, covering 800 years of gloomy Berlin history, only a few minutes’ walk from Alexanderplatz. The Sealife Aquarium is around 100 metres south of the Dungeon with over 4,000 marine animals swimming in natural pools. A special feature is the AquaDom, a big, round glass lift surrounded by fish. Five minutes from the GDR motorcycle museum is Gunther von Hagens' Menschen Museum. It showcases more than 200 plastinates of the human body, including organs. Get to know the everyday lives of people in the GDR at the DDR Museum, only 10 minutes from the motorcycle museum. True to its motto "history to touch", you open the doors into an original GDR living room. At a height of 203 metres, with a panoramic view over Berlin, the television tower (Fernsehturm) has long been a Berlin landmark at Alexanderplatz.
Exhibits in the 1. Berliner DDR-Motorradmuseum
- A motorcycle MZ ES 250 (produced from 1956 to 1973)
- Pitti scooter, produced 1955/56
- DKW and IFA racing motor cycles with 125 and 150 cc engines
- A Minol petrol pump machine from the 1970s
- Films of historical GDR mopeds in action
Tips for your visit
The museum is connected to the S-Bahn lines (S5, S7) and underground lines (U2, U5, U8) to Alexanderplatz. From there it is only a few minutes’ walk. The exhibition is also open on Mondays. Groups of 10 or more and registered groups of 15 or more will receive discounts. With the Berlin WelcomeCard, you also receive a discount.
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