DDR Museum

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5 facts about Berlin and the DDR

This fantastic and interactive museum helps visitors feel what it was like living in the former East German 'Deutsche Demokratische Republik'. Here are some great tips to help make the most of a trip to the museum.

  • 1. DDR or GDR?

    These are one in the same! The GDR is simply an English translation of 'Deutsche' to 'German.' The DDR was the former East German state formed during the cold war.

  • 2. Topography of terror Berlin

    A trip at the topography of terror will give you insight into why the DDR was formed post WWII. Built on the site of the former Gestapo and SS headquarters, this slice of history is not to be missed.

  • 3. DDR museum Berlin

    Located right on the river Spree, the museum prides itself in giving visitors a true experience of the difference in life between people in former East and former West Germany.

  • 4. DDR interactive museum

    The museum's slogan is a 'hands-on experience of history.' And that really is what you get. A tour of the museum is a fully immersive and sensory experience.

  • 5. DDR museum exhibits

    The exhitibion covers 27 topics and has thousands of exhibits for you to view and handle. And after learning about the revolution you can leave slyly through a hole in the wall!

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening hours?

    The DDR Museum is open all year! Monday - Sunday; 9:00AM-9:00PM.

  • What are the entry fees?

    Adult: €9.80; Reduced: €6; VIP Ticket: €12; Reduced VIP: €8.50; Groups: €6.50; Student groups of over 10: €4.50

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Monday - Sunday 10:00AM-8:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM-10:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets are just €9.50.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    This attraction is within walking distance from Hackescher Markt and Alexanderplatz, or buses 100 or 200 at Lustgarten.
  • Additional information
    Plan to spend at least 2 hours in the museum. | Photos are allowed, as long as they are for personal use.

What people are saying about DDR Museum

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 656 reviews

Interesting, interactive and very informative museum!

Very interesting museum, I recommend everyone who comes to Berlin to visit it! Beside high level of interactivity which I liked, the museum is also very informative so everyone who wants to learn more about how living in Easter Germany was during the cold war should not miss this landmark. And buying online tickets definitely pays off since the line in front of the museum can be quite long. This was the most crowded place I visited in Berlin so it really tells you something the value of the place.

Be prepared for the museum to be a bit crowded if going on a weekday when school is in session. we had a few school groups to contend with but the skip-the-line tickets were a big game changer and the museum itself was really interesting, fun, and very worth it! takes about an hour to complete, maybe more if you're stopping to read every single thing in depth, but we saw everything and read a lot and were out in about an hour. Really enjoyed it and would really recommend!

My only advice would be to try to skip going on public holidays as it becomes super crowded and since it is such an interactive museum, you'll be waiting 10 minutes for each little thing and more like 40 for bigger "attractions". Definitely detracts from the experience but otherwise I really liked it!

Really interesting museum! Has a ton of interactive experiences that’s good for all ages. I spent about 3 hours here looking at all of the exhibits within the museum. Also in a great location across from the Berliner Dome so you can get that great photo opp afterwards! Would recommend!

The DDR Museum is a great explain of what life would have been like, living when the wall was up. It provides many real life examples from toys, clothing, food, and even an apartment. If this time in history had ever held your interest, this museum is worth a visit.