In the centre of Berlin, at Ku-damm is the Capitals Exhibition - the Story of Berlin. In itself it is a very well presented exhibition but one of the most fascinating part of the visit is a 30 min escorted visit to an atomic bomb shelter which is built directly under the Ku-damm-Karree shopping center. Built in the middle of the Cold War in the 70's it is designed to hold in excess of 3,500 people where they would live in a radiation free atmosphere
Right in the middle of a shopping mall, this is a thought-provoking and entertaining multi-media exhibit on the history of Berlin from 1237 until 1989. Over twenty displays and a real radiation-proof bunker bring the facts from the tours and the guidebooks to life. I was doubting whether to go to this space at the end of a busy day of sightseeing, but it was well worth it.
This is the newest of Berlin museums and is quite unique. You walk through the building and each room or passage way takes you through Berlins history. Starting with the founding of the city through to the present day.
Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00
Adults 9,30 €
Children, students and unemployed 7,50 €
Children from 6-14 3,50 €
Seniors 7,50 €
A slick, interactive and entertaining guide through the city's history, from its 13th century origins, the rise of Prussia in the 18th and 19th centuries, revolution, Berlin salons, religion and much else. Nazism has its place here, in the cellar of a multi-storey exhibition. More unsubtle symbolism is at work with the display of two living rooms side by side, one in east and one in west Berlin after the split.
The most touching exhibit is a floor comprising books, to mark the book burnings of 1933.
Okay, I must admit, it´s again a museum, but:
The Story of Berlin is different!
If you are interested in history or especially in the history of Berlin, it is the first thing you should visit when you come to Berlin. Here you can learn everything that happened in Berlin the recent 800 years.
The exhibition offers something for everyone.
See you in The Story Of Berlin!
(Kurfürstendamm, im Ku´damm Karree)