The German Historical Museum

I really like where my hotel is located in Berlin.  The area wasn’t recommended by any of my guidebooks, but for me it was a great spot.  It is centrally located and a 5 minute walk to Alexanderplatz and the train station to take you to the many sights scattered around the city. It also has a lot of great restaurants, and is within walking distance to Museum Island.

The Spree River which runs through the heart of Berlin.  The river forks around an island near the Hackescher Markt area, where I am staying.  This area is known as Museum Island as it is home to the major museums in Berlin.  Here you’ll find the Pergamon, the Alte, the Neues, and several others.  I really wanted to visit the Pergamon, but the lines where ridiculously long, so I head over the bridge to the other side of the river and the German Historical Museum.

The museum is large.  It covers Germany over 2,000 years of German history, so it kind of needs to be.  It took me almost three hours to go through the entire thing.  I like the Middle Ages exhibits and I’m always drawn to the armor and armaments of the time.  But there is a ton of other stuff to see and learn about.  They also have a striking collection of Nazi era artifacts and propaganda.

I captured some of the exhibits in photos.  Though as much of it is behind glass, there is a ton of glare and reflections which makes it tough to get a clean picture.


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