Time Travel in Berlin: Visiting the DDR

Trying out the DDR Trabi simulation. Image: © DDR Museum, Berlin 2014

 

As you probably already know, Berlin recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. A divide of monumental proportion which separated the city into east and west for nearly thirty years, it is a slice of German history which will never be forgotten, especially by the old time Berliners who lived through it. For those curious as to what life was like during this time, the DDR (Democratic Deutsch Republic) Museum is an excellent resource, providing a thorough insight into life on the east side of the wall during the era, known then as ‘East Germany’.

 

Learning more about the role of the media at the DDR Museum. Image: © DDR Museum, Berlin 2014

 

Covering all aspects of everyday life during the DDR, the museum is the largest of its kind in Berlin and doesn’t just stop at providing information on the Stasi (the secret police who governed the state) and the wall. Topics covered include the border, what life was like at home and at work, the family, media, fashion, leisure and all of the activities in everyday life we usually take for granted. One room is a perfect replica of a home in the GDR tower blocks of the seventies, another displays an iconic Trabi car with a ride simulation option, and there is even a room which recreates a stasi interrogation procedure.

 

Listening to a Stasi interrogation via bone conduction! Image: © DDR Museum, Berlin 2014

 

 

Interactive and colourful, the museum is a great place to take children as well as adults. Situated next to Museum Island and the beautiful Berliner Dom it also houses a restaurant serving up authentic DDR cuisine. Our favourite – the Goldbroiler chicken with vegetables, as pictured below.

The DDR restaurant has a number of DDR specials including the Goldbroiler © DDR Museum, Berlin 2014

 

DDR Museum

Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1

right on the river Spree,

directly opposite the

Berlin Cathedral

10178 Berlin

Opening hours Monday to Sunday 10am -8pm, Saturdays 10am -10pm 

Admission prices vary

For more information visit the website here.