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“Could Do Better” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Story of Berlin

Story of Berlin
| Kurfürstendamm 206, 10719 Berlin, Germany
49 (30) 887 20 100
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Ranked #111 of 404 Attractions in Berlin
Type: Museums
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Owner description: An exciting journey through 800 years of Berlin history including Bunker visit.
Northampton, United Kingdom
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“Could Do Better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I have given this museum a 3 star rating because it is such a mixture. It really comprises three different parts - The Bunker Tour (which with a few amendments could be a 5 star rated visit), the Story of Berlin (the upstairs part, which barely rates a 2 star) and the downstairs Rise of the Nazis and Berlin in the Cold War (which is quite good and I would give a 3-4 star to).
What is good about the Bunker tour? The Cold War Bunker is under the shopping centre and you go in groups of up to 20. You are let in through the two double doors into the atmospherically lit area, full of bunks, which would have held the first 3,500 locals to make it down the stairs in the event of a nuclear warning. It is dark and creepy and you get a pretty good idea of what it might have been like to live in there for the 14 days before you had to go back above ground - when the food would have run out. I would have liked time to watch the videos that they had running (which we walked straight past) and a few minutes to absorb more of the atmosphere.
The upstairs Story of Berlin was confused. It felt as though someone had thought that it was a subject which nobody had covered (and they still haven't) which they could get money to make a museum about. The impression was that they had asked a group of university undergraduates to produce 500 words each of a range of subjects , which were then sent to the designers without any editorial input. Some bits referred to other bits which you had not got to yet - or were missing altogether - some bits were printed in small black lettering on clear glass against an unlit pictorial background, and impossible to read - the chronology was non existent and jumped about all over the place. There are some lovely models of Berlin landmarks (in chronological order!) and some nice lead soldiers. We spent far too much time trying to make sense of it all. Luckily the cinema was a good place for a rest in a comfortable seat before tackling the remainder.
The downstairs part was much better organised - starting with a timeline of the 1930s and with exhibits about the division of Berlin. Unfortunately having wasted so much time upstairs we did not get a chance to give it the time it deserved.
Conclusion - Go for the Bunker tour - if you miss one (they do them in German and English, with the next time displayed) and have to wait, do the downstairs part first - if you are really unlucky with your timing then continue your wait with a browse round upstairs.

Visited December 2012
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Melbourne, United Kingdom
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“What you nned to know”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

This is a great way to get to understand th history of this fantastic city and it tells it so well and makes you understand why certain aspect occurred.

Visited December 2012
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Helsinki, Finland
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“Not yet well known, but worth a visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

The story of Berlin, really explains and shows the history of this great city. Many rooms filled with different themes, and topics.
I recommend booking a guided tour (2hours) if you have several people with you. The tour costed us 70e + entrance fee. But it was worth it! The guide really explained everything, but still managed to give us some time to explore. At the end, we visited a Bomb Shelter! That was my favorite part! The bomb shelter gave me chills when realizing the scope of fear that the people lived in during the 1970/80s.

Visited November 2012
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“A must to get a quick and full overview on the history of Berlin”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

Normally histoty could be very boring. In this place this is definetly not the case. The history o Berlin gets presented in 24 sections. The focus is more on the nodern times starting a little more than 100 years ago. The presentation is easy to digest in German and English. For 16 other languages hand outs are available. The fee incl. a 30 min. visit to a nuclear war shelter.
For the 24 segments take the time you like. It can be done in 60 min; very interested people reading all elements may need up to 3 h.
Frankly we liked it a lot and spend way over 2 h. in this place.

Visited December 2012
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit just for the bunker visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012 via mobile

A good place to get a good feel for the city's history in bite size chunks. And the bunker tour was very thought provoking and interesting. Helpful guides who answered lots of questions.

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