Having visited Berlin many times and even living there for a while we had seen the part of a plane wing outside the run down shopping centre, funny how the old West Berlin is looking quite tacky these days, advertising this attraction but had always dismissed it as a tourist trap.
How wrong can you be. We had time to spare on the last Sunday of our latest trip so not wanting to go to far but having heard about the tour of the fallout shelter included in the entry price thought we would bite the bullet. We used one of the "minicard's" we found in our hotel and got a reduced entrance fee. These little cards are always worth a look.
We were glad we did. I was personally amazed by the amount of information and the way the exhibits were arranged. We were in the museum for well over two hours and were only about two thirds of the way around, but the time for our trip around the fallout shelter was due.
We met the guide whose English was very good. The fallout shelter is actually built into the basement of the car park of the shopping centre.
It is advertised as a nuclear bomb shelter, one of the first things we were told is that it was in fact never intended to be a bomb shelter (it is not deep enough) but as a fallout shelter. Given that the tour of the site, intended for 3,500 people, was very interesting. The guide also then lets you back into the main museum.
We carried on and were still in the museum after another hour.
There is lift access for the less able and I believe there is even lift access to the fallout shelter.
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