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11 tips for virtual reality experiences in Berlin

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Augmented Reality Sandbox/VR Erlebnisse
© GSC GameScienceCenter GmbH

With virtual reality you travel through space, time and history. From VR game arcades and art projects to virtual extensions of historical sites, you will find numerous exciting offers in Berlin. Immerse yourself!

Tip 1: TimeRide Berlin

"Soldiers" with a flag at Checkpoint Charlie
"Soldiers" with a flag at Checkpoint Charlie © visitBerlin, Foto: Günter Steffen

Do you want to time travel and experience the divided Berlin of the 1980s. At the TimeRide at Checkpoint Charlie you can take a look behind the Wall and experience life in the GDR. Meet contemporary witnesses and visit the former Allied border crossing.

Where: Zimmerstraße 91, Mitte

When: Saturday 10:30 am to 6:30 pm

More about TimeRide Berlin

Tip 2: TV Tower - VR Odyssey 

VR Odyssey Fernsehturm
VR Odyssey Fernsehturm © Francisco & Sebastian Jauregui - Silvernebula.com

From the TV Tower you can see Berlin from a height of 203 metres! Discover exactly what you can see in the new Virtual Reality Odyssey. Take a flight over the capital and experience how Berlin has developed from the Middle Ages through the Empire and divided Berlin to the present day. Through the VR glasses, you are right in the middle of the action as the small towns of Berlin and Cölln grow into a major city over the centuries. The 15-minute journey through time includes many historical reconstructions and exciting animations.

Tip: A combination ticket for a visit to the TV Tower and the VR Odyssey is available especially for school classes.

When: daily 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Where: Panoramastraße 1 A, Mitte

Tickets for the TV Tower Berlin

 

Tip 3: Exit VR Berlin

Virtual Reality Experience at EXIT VR Berlin
EXIT VR Berlin © EXIT Adventures GmbH

Alone or in a group: at Exit VR you can let off steam in four different virtual adventure worlds. Travel to ancient Greece and find a lost artifact. Maybe you are interested in discovering the secrets of the Nebka Pyramid during an expedition on the Sinai Peninsula? Be careful: For some of the missions you should be free from vertigo!

Where: Klosterstraße 61, Mitte

When: Monday - Wednesday 12 pm - 10 pm, Friday 1:30 am - 10 pm, Saturday 10 am - 10 pm, Sunday 1:30 am - 10 pm

More about Exit VR

Tip 4: 360-Grad-VR-Video: Prisoner in the Stasi-Investigation Center Berlin-Hohenschönhausen

GDR-tower at Berlin Hohenschönhausen Memorial
GDR-tower at Berlin Hohenschönhausen Memorial © Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen

You should have a strong stomach for this virtual reality journey. In the 360-degree video you experience to be a prisoner in the Stasi-Investigation Center Berlin-Hohenschönhausen. You will be interrogated, monitored and put on trial. The short film, which was awarded the German Reporter Prize, is based on the "interrogation protocols" of the GDR dissident and writer Jürgen Fuchs.

Prisoner in the Stasi-Investigation Camp on YouTube 

Tip 5: Virtual-Reality-Experience "At Liebermanns"

room in the Liebermann Villa
room in the Liebermann Villa © visitBerlin, Foto: Günter Steffen

When visiting the Brandenburg Gate Foundation, you can travel through the world of Max Liebermann and his family using VR glasses. Go on a journey through time and visit the artist's home and studio, which was completely destroyed in the Second World War. Among other things, you can wander through the music room, the dining room and the study. You will also get a digital insight into the works of Liebermann, who is one of the most important German painters of modernism.

More about „At Liebermanns“

Tip 6: VR Nation Berlin

VR Nation
© trueVRsystems (a Brand of RedCube GmbH)

There is no turning back: Find the Diamond Skull! Equipped with sensors on your hands, feet, torso and head, you experience the dangers of adventure as if they were reality. Wind effects and temperature changes add to the illusion of this full body VR experience. The VR Arena aktuell offers two games, where you can let off steam on over 100 square meters.

Where: Leipziger Straße 96, Mitte

When: Tuesday to Thursday 2 pm - 10 pm, Friday 2 pm - 10 pm, Saturday 12 noon - midnight, Sunday 12 noon - 10 pm

More about VR Nation
 

Tip 7: MauAR

Augmented Reality: Virtual watch tower MauAR-App Berlin
MauAR App © Beta Room UG, Foto: Stefan Vincent

No virtual reality experience but augmented reality overlays are offered by MauAR app. Get an impression of how the border strip looked like during the time of the occupation forces. On the screen of your smartphone the three meter high grey concrete wall, grained by barbed wire, rises up again. Soldiers patrol along the wall. Enter scenes from the past and experience how the German-German border was overshadowed by watchtowers back then. Immerse yourself in the history, which is vividly conveyed by means of original photos, videos and sound recordings. The app can currently only be used with the iPhone.

More about MauAR

Tip 8: VRWein

Virtual reality wine tastings and experiences in Berlin
VRWein Berlin © VRWein

Whether you are already a true wine connoisseur or would like to learn more about the art of wine tasting: At VRWein you will get to know the taste nuances of a noble grape juice on a completely new level. Is there a hint of grapefruit, perhaps pomegranate, chocolate, vanilla or even chalk or bacon? With the help of VR glasses, you can dive into the most diverse worlds of taste and learn at the same time which good bottle is best served with which dishes.

More about VRWein

Tip 9: Stadtmuseum and Berlin History App

armament and bust in the Märkisches Museum in Berlin Mitte
visit at Märkisches Museum Berlin © Sergej Horovitz

Berlin is a city that you can discover on many levels. If you are interested in history, you should try the Berlin History App. It doesn't offer a virtual reality experience yet, but you can find out more about historical facts and places - and you can even take action yourself. Take part in creating before-and-after slideshows and see how Berlin has changed over time. Here you can find more practical apps and travel guides for your pocket:

Berlin Apps

Tip 10: Acute Art

Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin
Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Jan Frontzek

When art and technology merge, it often opens up completely new perspectives. To this end, the Julia Stoschek Collection collaborated with Acute Art for Berlin Art Week 2020. The app, which you can simply download to your phone, uses augmented reality to conjure up works by contemporary artists in your environment - as long as you view them through the lens of your smartphone. Current actions are displayed in the Acute Art app. And of course, there are a few additional gimmicks, including some by Berlin-based artist Olafur Eliason.

More about Julia Stoschek Collection

Tip 11: Konzerthaus Berlin: „ˈʊmˌvɛltn̩“ 

Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin Mitte
Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt © Gutschera + Osthoff

With the interactive composition "ˈʊmˌvɛltn̩" the Konzerthaus Berlin invites you into the mysterious garden of a walk-in score. Composed by Mark Braden and visually artistically rendered by Julian Bonequi, "ˈʊmˌvɛltn̩" is an audiovisual experience that transcends the boundaries of perception. Depending on how you interact with the plants and creatures in the virtual space, sounds and tones are created, so that every visit to "ˈʊmˌvɛltn̩" is individual and different. You can get a small insight on the website of the concert hall, here you can also find out current dates to experience the interactive VR composition.

„ˈʊmˌvɛltn̩“

Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Josefine

ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.