German-Russian Museum

I spend a lot of time in museums, probably more than the average person. And, while a museum can be a place of rest and reprieve while traveling, it can also be fatiguing. Most tourists want to see everything, but overdoing a museum can be counterproductive.

In Berlin, visiting and appreciating all of the city’s great museums is impossible, especially during a single visit. If you’re in Berlin for just three to five days, then select two or three museums that are appealing you. Don’t visit a museum because it’s a “must see.” If you’re not interested in fine art, don’t go to the Alte Nationalgalerie, and if the ancient world is unappealing, then bypass the Pergamon

The Surrender Room: The Place
Where Documents Confirming
Germany’s Unconditional Surrender
Were Signed

These days, I focus on the smaller museums. And, if I visit a large museum, I select a particular gallery and concentrate on just a few paintings or sculptures. I limit my visits to about an hour. After an hour, my attention wanders, and I simply can’t enjoy the exhibits. 

Mural Depicting the
Three Allied Power
Choking Hitler

One museum I enjoy is the German-Russian Museum (Deutsch-Russisches Museum). Situated in the leafy suburb of Karlshorst, this small intimate museum is housed in the building where the second World War in Europe officially ended.

Suicide of Family in Vienna:
Prompted by years of hate propaganda
against the USSR and the knowledge of
German crimes in the East, many people in
Germany and Austria, fearing revenge, committed
suicide as the Red Army approached. 

The museum documents the war on the Eastern Front, the daily life of the average Soviet citizen during the war, and the lasting effects of the war on Russia and Germany. The audio installations located throughout the museum are particularly moving. They chronicle the experiences of those who suffered under the Nazis. If WWII is an interest of yours, then don’t miss this place. 

Logistics: Getting to the museum can be difficult. I recommend taking U-Bahn(U5) to the Tierpark station or S-Bahn(S3) to the Karlshorst station and then taking bus 296 to the Museum. The museum is free and is closed on Monday.

Audio Installation Documenting
the Experiences of the Ordinary
Citizen During the War

Russian Poster Aimed
at the British and American Audience