Europe’s hippest capital boasts non-stop nightlife, cutting-edge fashion, cosmopolitan eats and museum treasures galore. At the centre of the World and Cold Wars, it also oozes history, much of it sobering.
Travel bucket list idea:
Berlin Underworld Tours
These fascinating guided tours explore Berlin’s vast underground network of bunkers, tunnels and vaults going back to the 19th century. There are 5 different tours to choose from. The most popular outings focus on shelters used during the Third Reich and Cold War; another follows tunnels used to escape under the Wall.
Displays include World War II weaponry and uniforms, an Enigma encryption machine, murals painted by the SS chauffeurs’ pool and facilities to prolong survival in the event of nuclear attack.
Getting there & doing it
Take the U-Bahn or S-Bahn to Gesundbrunnen station.
You can buy tickets online – though you can purchase only up to 30 days in advance – or at the bookshop at the south entrance of Gesundbrunnen U-Bahn station.
There are five tours to choose from (although Tour F is for groups only), and they last 90 minutes (Tour M lasts 120 minutes). Tours depart from the southern entrance hall of the subway station Gesundbrunnen (exit direction to Humboldthain Park, Brunnenstrsse), next to the ticket office.
Take some warm clothing for these tours – it can get pretty dank and chilly in the depths, even in summer.
When to do it
It’s open all year round, seven days a week.
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