Vehicle history in Berlin
Everything with two wheels is the passion of architect Stefan Klinkenberg. As a student, he heaps motorcycles and bicycles in an otherwise nondescript courtyard on the Oberbaumbrücke. The models are historic and date from the period between 1920 and 1960 - the ideal starting point for a bicycle museum. The museum is also plays host to a workshop. Klinkenberg lovingly restores old pieces but also builds high-fidelity replicas.
From private collection to museum
Stefan Klinkenberg is a collector and hobbyist with a passion. He starts building old mopeds from scrap metal, and it soon becomes a business. In Kreuzberg, he opens a motorcycle shop and gets hold of several historical models. In 1987, Stefan Klinkenberg opens his collection to the public. You'll find the museum in an old horse stable fitted as a workshop. Here, about 30 motorcycles, bicycles, mopeds and trailers are on show - all with historic value. Vintage bikes bear German brand names such as NSU, BMW or HOREX. There are also international rarities from England and Russia. A highlight is the NSU with a tank circuit from the 1920s, which Stefan Klinkenberg has carefully restored and polished to a high gloss. In addition to the vehicles, the old catalogues, operating instructions and motorcycle magazines exude pure nostalgia. The shelves are laden with historical parts. Klinkenberg's team produces parts for pre and post-war motorcycles. Others they buy from manufacturers. It's like this that the 1950s Steib sidecar is rebuilt. They also produce spare parts for original bikes.
Highlights of the exhibition
- NSU with tank circuit from 1927.
- Restored 500 gold star BSA issued in 1962.
- Complete Steib sidecar.
- Historical models of HOREX and BMW.
- Reproductions of motorcycle and moped parts from the '20s to the '50s.
More nostalgia in East Berlin: GDR motorcycles and historic computer games
It's just 20 minutes by train from the Zweiradmuseum to the first Berliner DDR-Motorradmuseum at Alexanderplatz. This exhibition shows real DDR classics: the MZ, the Simson and the EMW are for many former East Germans inextricably linked to their youth. The Museum is spread over two floors and brings together 40 years of motorcycle history. The Computer Game Museum in Berlin-Friedrichshain houses consoles and gaming classics such as Asteroid and Space Invaders, the Atari and the GDR machine PolyPlay - real rarities today. Play is the name of the game here, so there's a game room with several arcades. Small spaces are faithfully set up as youth rooms in the style of the 1980s and '90s. Here you play on the Commodore 64 or the PlayStation. In addition to historical models, you can use also put on the 3D glasses and experience virtual reality.
Our recommendations for your visit to the Zweiradmuseum
Take the underground U1 to Schlesisches Tor, which is only 200 metres from the exhibition. Or you can use the buses 165 or 265 to reach the open workshop, shop and museum year round. Instead of the usual Monday, the museum is closed on Sundays. You have the best chance of scoring a chat with Klinkenberg himself on a Saturday. Entrance to the museum is free of charge.