The German Museum of Technology (Deutsches Technikmuseum) showcases the history of science and technology in the country through varied historical artifacts. The vast space is home to hands-on exhibits featuring locomotives, aircraft, computers, and more, which allow guests to discover how technology has evolved through the centuries.
One of the biggest technology museums in Europe, at 260,000 square feet (24,155 square meters), the German Museum of Technology features numerous exhibits across various fields. Communications, transport, production, and energy technologies are in the old building, and the history of shipping and aviation are showcased in the newer glass building. In addition, 40 railway cars are on display in two historical locomotive sheds, and the Spectrum Science Center has experiments involving electricity, magnets, and light effects.
You can purchase the Berlin Pass to gain free entry to the museum along with 50 other Berlin attractions. Many Spree River tours also discuss the museum as they cruise through the canals of Kreuzberg. Guided museum tours are available for families with children every Sunday at 2pm, with a few focusing especially on younger visitors.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The German Museum of Technology is a must-visit for lovers of science and technology, especially train enthusiasts.
- Guests generally spend about three hours exploring the various exhibits.
- Audio guides are available in German, English, French, Polish, and Turkish.
- Private guided tours for children or adult groups are available for a fee and should be booked three weeks in advance.
- The museum exhibits, elevator, and parking structure are accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
The German Museum of Technology is located in Berlin’s trendy Kreuzberg neighborhood. Take the U1 or U2 underground line to the Gleisdreieck station, or the U7 to the Mockernbrucke station, both located a few minutes’ walk from the museum. Alternatively, take the S1, S2, or S25 overground line to the Anhalter Bahnhof station, a 10-minute walk away.
When to Get There
The museum is open from 9am to 5:30pm Tuesday through Friday and 10am to 6pm on weekends and public holidays; check the website for seasonal hours and holiday closures. The best time to visit is early morning, before the crowds arrive.
The Locomotive Collection
The museum is built on the grounds of the former Anhalter Train Yard that lay in ruins for 30 years before being converted into a portion of the German Museum of Technology. The 33 tracks showcase the history of railroad transport, including the deportation of Jews and other minority groups during the Holocaust. Also on display is an H0 (1:87) scale model of the Anhalter Bahnhof track installations.