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Military History Museum of Bundeswehr
Ranked #102 of 849 things to do in Berlin
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Owner description: 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).
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Very glad I went. I love planes. Good collection including German WWII rocket plane, Excellent 3D photos of early aviation including Zeppelins. Some uniforms on display. The museum has several MiG 29 jets obtained by West Germany after reunification. Unfortunately many planes were in storage hangers unavailable to public. Inside and outside exhibits so even if it rains, it's worth a visit.

I took a taxi for 40 euros each way from our hotel in East Berlin area. It was worth the expense for an aviation fan.

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

The museum at Gatow boasts a wide range of types of military hardware, but has most of its inventory set around post-WWII equipment, not withstanding that there is also a wealth of subject matter stretching back to the earliest days of aviation in Germany. There are some very interesting types here, however the authenticity of the exhibits and the manner of presentation do set this museum apart. What is most exciting about this museum is its plans for the future - use of existing storage hangars for more displays, and restoration of exhibits currently open to the elements. Therefore this is a great museum, that hopefully will become even better as time goes on.

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

The architecture is reason enough to visit this museum as Daniel Liebeskind added a spectacular addition to an old Bundeswehr armory. The exhibits follow the history of the German military through WWII and up to the present. The most interesting aspect of this museum is the neutral position taken by the curators; one is left to his/her own thoughts concerning the history of German militarism. Liebeskinds architectural genius reinforces the neutrality of the exhibits but also makes one consider other relevant data and one's own conceptions about war.

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Reviewed June 3, 2013

I like my planes and helicopters so dragged my girlfriend here while we were in Berlin. It didn't take long to get there on public transport:

We went to Theodor Heuss Platz on U2.
Then caught the M49 bus to Heer Str / Willheml str (direction Staarken, Reimerweg)
Then caught the 135 bus to Kupromenade.
At this stop its a ten minute walk through the new looking estate behind the supermarket opposite the bus stop. We had to ask directions as it isn't signposted well. We did see a couple of signs for Lufftwaffe Museum.
All in all it took about an hour from the city centre to get there.

It's all free, you just walk on to the airfield and look around! Lots of things to look at, all described in German though. We had about 90 mins there before heading back.

Glad we went as there were so many jets, helicopters, missiles etc that you can get right up to. Just a bit of a detour out of Berlin.

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

If you have interest in the aviation history than this is a place for you. If you aren't interested you are most likely to enjoy it anyway! Most of the signs are only in German, so if you have the possibility to have a native speaker with you it might be a good thing, but you will get enough information without knowing German too.

There is no admission fee to get in and also the parking is free. The café is not offering much, so eat before you come.

The museum is mainly outdoors, so do bring rain coats/umbrellas if you plan to visit on a rainy day. They have airplanes from both WWs and more - plenty to look at and read about. My husband is a fan and loved it. He comes from Berlin and could see the planes (not the airport) during the Cold War, so he was very happy to come here and learn more about what was going on here in the WWs and in the Cold War.

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