GERMAN TECHNICAL MUSEUM
Candy Bomber is a familiar symbol of Berlin, to Berliners. During the
Berlin Airlift of 1948-49 when piston powered Douglas C47s
and DC4s flew missions to supply the residents of West Berlin trapped
behind the “Iron Curtain” during the blockade meant to force
the remaining city into East German socialist control (see DDR
The planes came to be called “candy bombers” or “raisen
bombers” for the small packets of goodies the pilots would drop
to the children as they swooped low over the city to land at Tempelhof
Airport. One of these "Rosinen
the Berlin Airlift still flies over Berlin, suspended over the entrance
Berlin (German Technical Museum).
Trains, Planes and Silverware
The Berlin Museum of Technology not far from Potsdammer Platz located in a sprawling museum park of the former works building of the Anhalter Bahnhof rail way station. Most impressively, the main historic building houses a magnificent collection of railway engines. Germany is known for its railway system and any model rail enthusiast who has played in youth with a Märklin scale model train (see Marklin Museum Goppingen) will find familiar old friends here in massive full-sized original gleaming glory, in exhibit halls in the rail works roundhouse with the rich remaining authentic aroma of diesel and creosote. The samples range from a first wooden railed mule hauled mining train, to the beautiful Beuth workhorse of the golden early day to the massive 4-8-2 black and red steam giants that fueled Germany’s pre-war industrial might and sleek gleaming diesels. Kaiser Wilhelm's personal Imperial Rail Car is here, currently being renovated. A step outdoors is a roundhouse turntable and wandering through the park will take you to wooden windmills a blacksmiths works and a brewery. For particular rail enthusiasts there is a unique one-only collection of German railway Mitropa china and silverware from the last 100 years of meal service on Germany’s National DB railroad.
In the modern section of the main museum are the aviation and maritime nautical collections. The collection consists mostly of models and demonstration exhibits of maritime history from small sailing vessels to river and ocean shipping. Children can take a hands-on demonstration sailing lesson while safely landlocked on the museums floor. Rising in staggered levels the aviation collection covers eras from the first wooden designs to examples of Germany’s development of rocketry and space flight, including the infamous " buzz bomb" or the London Blitz. Perhaps not quite as impressive for the aircraft on display as can be found in Munich (see Deutsches Museum Munich) the aviation exhibit at Berlin has its charms, in an open airy display that gives the feeling of planes still in flight. Inside a Messerschmitt, outside, the Berlin Airlift C47 spreads its wings spreading over a terrace intended for gala events with a view
the grounds of the Technik Museum of Berlin is the oldest and largest
public observatory in Germany,
the Archenhold-SternWarte, founded in
1896 with the world’s longest moveable refractor telescope and
a Zeiss Projector Planetarium along with exhibitions of the history of
astronomy and dimensions of space and the solar system. The Zucker-Museum
is a rather unique look into German sugar production and the Science
Center offers 250 hands on experiments of chemistry and physics for visitors
to learn through play. The collection is founded on the Berlin “Urania” which
marked the first science museum when it originally opened in 1889.
The Vintage Car Depot displays automobiles from Germany and the world
a collection of public transportation vehicles. There is also a library
and historical archives for serious researchers.
The museum has a very nice full service restaurant and bar for a stop for lunch in a museum visit likely to last a few hours at the least, perhaps even worthy of more than one days visit if technology is your thing. Take the U1 or U2 subway to Gleisdreieck or S-Bahn to Anhalter Bahnhof. © Bargain Travel Europe
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