German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst
The German-Russian Museum opened in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the German surrender in World War II. The museum sits on the exact location where the German Army gave its unconditional surrender on May 8, 1945. It serves as a memorial to the war between German and Russian forces and also documents pre-war history plus the Cold War.
While the Museum of the Allies focused on the victorious western allies, the German-Russian Museum focuses on German and Russian forces between the years of 1917 and 1990. The permanent exhibition includes photographs, films, audio recordings, and texts. Special temporary exhibits dip deeper into specific topics relating to the history of the war and German-Soviet relationships. The museum is a popular stop for city tours focused on history.
Things to know before you go
- The German-Russian Museum is a must-see attraction for history lovers and families seeking educational opportunities.
- The museum is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
- Audio-guides are available in six languages including English, German, Russian, and French.
- Tours, workshops, and walks are all available; look at the museum’s online calendar for details.
How to get there
The German-Russian Museum is located at Zwieseler Strasse 4. It is accessible by public transportation; take the 296 bus to Museum Karlshorst. The closest S-Bahn station is Berlin Karlshorst; walk to the museum from the train station in about 15 minutes.
When to get there
Visit the German-Russian Museum from Tuesday through Sunday (it is closed on Mondays). Weekends are busier than weekdays, and in general the summer is a popular season to travel to Berlin. Travelers may want to plan a trip to coincide with local festivals such as the Film Festival in February, International Museum Day in May, or Berlin Art Week in September.
Relics from the Battlefront
In addition to photographs and films, this museum also is home to many relics from the battlefront. See a Soviet T34 tank, weapons, uniforms, and other military objects. Propaganda items are also on display, providing a unique perspective into this period of history.
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