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Deutsches Historisches Museum

Berlin’s Zeughaus, a large and imposing building with a turbulent history is a great environment for this collection of equally impressive and important artefacts centred around the shared history of Germany and Europe.

The oldest building in its district, this Baroque structure has been used as an artillery arsenal in the early 1730s, the site of a failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler in 1943, and made into a Communistic Museum of German History in 1952. Continuing this general idea, but with a much more neutral and contemporary perspective, this main space now houses the permanent German History in Images and Artefacts exhibition, alongside I.M. Pei’s stunning glass extension that holds the museum’s changing presentations, in a beautiful juxtaposition of new and old.

With everything from household objects, military equipment, and contemporaneous fashions, to ceramics, sculpture, and photographs, this is an expansive and all-encompassing collection. The museum also houses the Zeughaus cinema, a picture archive of 500,000 prints, and a specialist library, containing over 225,000 volumes. Continually impressive, the Deutsches Historisches Museum, or German Historical Museum, represents the real heart of Germanic history, and remains an important European institution.



Eat & Drink

Deutsches Historisches Museum

Café at The Deutsches Historischen Museum

Another museum café under the control of the trusted Kofler & Kompanie, this eatery is a solid option for light snacks or full dining, with local produce and regional dishes. The interior is stylish, with nods toward the building’s historical past in the wood flooring and deep buttoned leather chairs, and a counter that showcases intriguing pickles and cheeses, but the terrace is where you’ll really want to sit. Overlooking the river Spree, this spot offers one of the best views of the city.


Deutsches Historisches Museum


Located downstairs in the I.M. Pei extension, this shop offers the expected exhibition catalogues, but its fantastic and varied selection of books should also be your first stop for anything related to Berlin and Germany’s history. There’s also a great collection of documentary CDs and DVDs, and lots of books on German photography.

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General information


Deutsches Historisches Museum

Unter den Linden 2






+49 (0)30 20304 0

Opening Hours

Daily 10.00 – 18.00

General Admission


Getting There

Bus: Staatsoper (100, 200, N2, and TXL)

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