Housed in the rail yard of the former Hamburger Bahnhof, which was destroyed during World War II, the German Museum of Technology features a large collection of steam trains and electric trains. It also includes a historical brewery and a blacksmith’s working-place, where visitors can see how the blacksmiths work. Moreover, there is also a windmill and a water wheel.
Established in 1982, the museum shows numerous facets of both old and modern technology, including technology in the history of civilization and the daily life of humans.
Most of the new building is dedicated to sailing and aeronautics, where dozens of military aircrafts are on display. There is also an interesting collection about technology in photography and the textile industry.
Interesting but not “essential”
Most exhibits are extremely surprising, and, in addition, it is a very “hands-on” museum, so visitors can make various experiments and watch how others are made, discovering how technology has evolved throughout the centuries in an entertaining way.
One drawback is that the experiments don’t have a schedule and are not carried out all day long, so visitors might miss them and that the museum labels are mostly written in German.
Tuesday - Friday: 9am to 5:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 10am to 6pm
Museum Pass Berlin: free entrance.
Berlin Welcome Card: 38% discount.
U-Bahn: Möckernbrücke, lines U1 and U7; Gleisdreieck, lines U1 and U2.
Train: Anhalter Bahnhof, lines S1, S2 and S25.