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Military History Museum of Bundeswehr

Am Flugplatz Gatow 33, 14089 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 36872601
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A must see for any Aircraft enthusiast

So aside from the cab ride from Berlin costing me about 30 euro each way and the gift shop being... read more

Reviewed January 7, 2017
More than we expected

Large well preserved site - RAF Gatow as it was known when my wife lived in Berlin in 1987. Lots of... read more

Reviewed December 28, 2016
Tim G
Worcester, United Kingdom
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The Museum on the Berlin-Gatow airfield is a branch of the Bundeswehr Museum of Military History. Like its parent agency in Dresden, it does not see itself primarily as a museum of technical history, but rather as a modern museum of cultural history.The Museum in Dresden tells a general cultural history of violence, whereas the Berlin Museum focuses on aerial warfare as the most recent development in the military use of force.Visitors will learn how aerial warfare has altered our views on warfare. The following topics are at the center of our presentation:• Crossing Borders. Airplanes enable us to transport information, diplomats and casualties quickly and across borders. At the same time, the emergence of the aerial bombing warfare resulted in the abolition of the old dichotomy between front and hinterland.• Invisible Perpetrators, Invisible Victims. Among other things, aerial warfare is characterized by high speeds, tremendous ranges and increasingly huge kill capacities. These characteristics result in a depersonalization in the relationship between perpetrators and victims.• Cover instead of Flight. People on the ground are practically unable to escape the violence from the air. They are faced with sudden alarms and have to look for cover in cellars and holes in the ground.• Role Models. The role of a pilot has changed continuously over the years: In the eyes of his contemporaries, he was a daring technical pioneer and knight of the air, a daredevil, an engine operator and a flight engineer. Pilots were sacrificed and became killers. Not all pilots are men. What will be their role in an era of unmanned aviation?• Military and Society. The doctrines of employment and the manner of taking responsibility for the protection of lives reflect the political system and self-image of the various air forces. For that reason, military aviation cannot be examined separately but must be seen in the context of its social and political environment.The Museum of Military History on the Berlin-Gatow airfield sees itself a place of learning for military Bundeswehr personnel as well as interested visitors. As an interface between the military and society, it hopes to encourage discussions and to contribute towards the integration of the armed forces into public life in Germany.The museum collection contains more than 200 airplanes, numerous air defence systems and sensors, uniforms, equipment, art, documents and pictures (a total collection of 600,000 items).
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Am Flugplatz Gatow 33, 14089 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 36872601
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Reviewed January 7, 2017

So aside from the cab ride from Berlin costing me about 30 euro each way and the gift shop being sold out of seemingly every print I wanted, this place was amazing. I have been to a lot of aviation museums but this one was...More

3  Thank EDWARD W
Reviewed December 28, 2016

Large well preserved site - RAF Gatow as it was known when my wife lived in Berlin in 1987. Lots of walking for small people as a result. Scooters and bikes are allowed outside exhibition halls so good idea if you have under 10s. Lots...More

3  Thank Tim G
Reviewed October 20, 2016

Free entry. Recommend bringing a packed lunch, including drinks and the cafe only offers plunger coffee and hotdogs (wurst) on sliced white bread. Set aside a day for this museum as it takes some travel to reach, and due to the size will take several...More

1  Thank Emma R
Reviewed October 13, 2016

This is well worth going to see. I came here yesterday along with 50 others on the coach. Its a must for Historians. Its not close to the centre of Berlin so would need your own transport, or like me hire a coach with 50...More

Thank markjw4119
Reviewed October 13, 2016

This is a very interesting aviation museum. There are few other museums which have so many old Western and Soviet aircraft next to each other. Some of the internal exhibits in the hangars are rare and you can get close to them to take photos....More

1  Thank edjoco
Reviewed September 29, 2016

This aircraft museum is worth going to. It is on the outskirts Berlin and is about 19km from the centre of Berlin. You will need to us public transport, You can get there by train and bus but it will take you approx 1.5hours. We...More

1  Thank John S
Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Was very impressed with the large array of Cold War jets on display although many of them are a little tatty and could do with a freshen up. That said, the museum is free and I imagine funding for the museum is tight. The biggest...More

Thank Matthew W
Reviewed August 19, 2016

The museum itself is well outside of central Berlin, almost 20km, so it can take quite a while to get there, however, for anyone interested in aviation, this is a must. There are many rae aircraft there including a Me 163, which was very cool....More

Thank RDrystek
Reviewed August 19, 2016

This was a former air field of the Geman Luftwaffe. After WW2 it became part of the British sector and was the British air field. It took part in the air bridge during the Berlin blockade 1948/49. When the Britsh forces left it was returned...More

Thank FredKlein1104
Reviewed August 12, 2016

So sad to see so many great aeroplanes slowly decaying on the tarmac. Many Fishbeds and Floggers, nice to see an unexpected Lightning. Took us over an hour to get there from central Berlin by U-bahn and Bus, but well worth it when you reach...More

1  Thank Raven_Stargazer_63
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July 23, 2015|
Response from john461212 | Reviewed this property |
Dead easy by public transport as I put in my review. Get the train to Spandau. Get the 135 route bus (marked Alt-Kladow route on the bus stop) On the bus is a digital map of the bus stops, you need the Kurpromenade stop... More