Take an exciting discovery tour beneath the streets of the metropolis with a visit to the Berliner Unterwelten-Museum. Learn more about the secret history of the city. Descend into abandoned Metro stations, bunkers, as well as tunnel and channel systems. The headquarters of the Underworlds Association is located in a former bunker in the transport hub of Gesundbrunnen. Learn all about the capital's many underground facilities in the four-floor exhibition.
Berlin's history: hidden things rediscovered
Berlin's surface is just the visible part of the city: among the large squares and streets, relics, tunnels and secret passages from Berlin's changing history slumber. Particularly impressive are the ruins of bunkers. Since 1997, the Berlin non-profit Underworlds Association has managed these fateful buildings. 1999 is the first time that visitors are taken on guided tours through the extensive bunker complex in Gesundbrunnen U-Bahnhof. The Association is formed to explore, document and preserve Berlin's underground infrastructure and make it available to the public. Throughout the year, Unterwelten-Museum gives seminars, workshops and numerous tours and exhibitions offering vivid insights into the work up close. Various guided tours focus on the civilian air raid during the Second World War. On tours through the underground, you also encounter special historic features such as the pneumatic tube system, East Germany escape tunnels, ammunition findings and archaeological treasures. The Berliner Unterwelten guides reveal exciting and moving insights. Learn about how Berlin was built on sand and how it came to be what it is today, as you discover the impressive historic waterworks on the Müggelsee. Also recommended is a descent into the basement of the BerlinerKindl brewery in Berlin-Neukölln. Parts of the plant date from the establishment of this privately-owned brewery in 2009. After the tour, you can sample the house beers. The extraordinary exhibition of Germania examines the Nazis' plans for the intended imperial capital of Berlin.
Highlights of Berliner Unterwelten-Museum
- Bunkers and subway tunnels at Gesundbrunnen
- Residue of in the Humboldthain flak towers
- Escape tunnel between East and West Berlin
- Old water works in Friedrichshagen
- Brewery in Berlin-Neukölln
Other local discoveries
The Labyrinth Children's Museum is located on Oslo Road, just a 15-minute walk from the Berliner Unterwelten Museum. The interactive exhibition of interesting urban planning and architecture is aimed at children between 3 and 11 years old. The extraordinary meets industry: the Designpanoptikum on Torstraße presents oddities of international industrial design. Take a look at the iron lung, X-ray balls and exceptional dentist chairs. Experience vibrant contemporary culture at Uferstudios on the edge of the Pankow and Wedding districts. Their management focuses on contemporary dance, organising concerts, lectures and exhibitions. Berlin's art scene meet at the Institute for All Things Possible on Ackerstraße. The Institute offers artists rehearsal rooms and plenty of room for innovative projects.
The Berliner UnterweltenMuseum is located at Berlin Gesundbrunnen transport hub. You can reach the station on train lines S1, S2, S25, U8, and the ring line. The entrance of the Museum is accessed via one of the subway entrances on the south side of the building. Visits are only possible for previously booked tours. Tours of the bunkers at Gesundbrunnen typically take 90 minutes. The Berlin Underworlds Association recommends that children are 8th grade (or at least 13 years old) to take the tour, and children under 7 are not permitted. The Gasometer-Bunker on Fichtestraße offers a special children's tour for 5-10-year-olds. Tours of the Fichte Bunker are discounted with the Berlin WelcomeCard. Attention: warm clothes and sturdy shoes are sometimes necessary. More detailed information is available on the home page.
Discover the neighbourhood
The area around Brunnenstraße and Gesundbrunnen is also a historical site – as well as a great place for a walk. Take a stroll past its galleries, and its trendy shops and bars.
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