Myth of Germania – Vision and Crime

Permanent Exhibition

The vast project of planning Hitler’s Germania was not meant merely to serve Berlin’s citizens with a modernised habitat, but rather as a representation of the Nazi regime’s sheer power. With a project that seemed inconceivable to most, the foundations were supported by Speer’s policies of expulsion, deportation and slave labour.
By combining these factors, we can see how the attempted development of this new metropolis was inevitably linked with crimes against humanity.

The exhibition displays the architecture and urban planning in Berlin during the Nazi era, the ideological objectives of the Nazi regime and the criminal methods used in its pursuit. With these goals in mind, the exhibition attempts to analyse and deconstruct the legends surrounding the hotly debated subject of the “World Capital of Germania”.

The multimedia exhibition invites visitors to independently explore this complex topic. Over twenty authors from various universities and memorials in Berlin have participated in this interdisciplinary project. With seven thematic areas, the exhibition displays selected works and deals with technical, social and ideological backgrounds within the context of crimes such as expulsion, deportation and forced labour.
The exhibition is located in an underground exhibition hall at Gesundbrunnen subway station (U8). Through numerous media stations, texts and models, visitors gain a comprehensive insight into the project plans of the GBI. Additional materials include an exhibit that is part of the “Speer-Kandelabers”, artefacts from the “Klinkerwerk” satellite concentration camp in Oranienburg, fragments of columns from the New Reich Chancellery, and a test light from the tunnel below Strasse des 17. Juni. At the exhibition, visitors are also welcome to explore the plans for Hitler’s envisioned city, “Germania”. The exhibition’s main model has been taken from the 2004 film, “Der Untergang” (The Downfall), and is striking in its presence. By exploring these themes, visitors can make the connection between Hitler’s vast architectural endeavours and their criminal link with forced labour.


Opening hours

The exhibition is open all year:

  • April – October: Thur – Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • November – March: Sat + Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Special opening hours 2017:

  • April, 17th: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • May, 1st: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • June, 5th: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • September, 28th – October, 8th: daily 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Last entry 30 min. before closing.

Closed: June 17th & 18th, 2017 | December 23rd – 26th, 2017 | January 1st, 2018

Tickets

€6 (reduced €5)
€3 Combi-ticket (in combination with a ticket for one of our tours)

Tickets for the exhibition are only available in our
Ticket- and Bookshop,
Brunnenstraße 105, 13355 Berlin
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We only take cash as payment. Credit/bank cards are not accepted.

Please note: The Ticket- and Bookshop is open until 4 p.m.
Last entry to the exhibition is 30 minutes before closing.

Our General Terms and Conditions are applicable. We do provide an English translation as a courtesy; however, it does not replace or amend the original German Terms and Conditions.

Location

The exhibition is located in an underground exhibition hall at Gesundbrunnen subway station (U8),
right in front of Gesundbrunnen Center shopping mall (Badstraße / Corner Behmstraße, 13357 Berlin).

Tickets are not available at the exhibition entrance but only in our Ticket- and Bookshop nearby at Brunnenstraße 105, 13355 Berlin

How to get to the exhibition after you have bought your ticket:
After you have bought your tickets and left the Ticket Shop, turn right and follow the street (Badstrasse bridge) in front of the station.
The exhibition is located in the northern entrance of Gesundbrunnen underground station (U8) (in front of Gesundbrunnen Center shopping mall).
Inside the underground station entrance, please go downstairs (Don’t use the escalator!).
The exhibition entrance is located on the left-hand side of the third flight of stairs.

Due to limitations imposed by the structure of the buildings, the exhibition is not handicapped accessible.

Please note...

  • Due to the structural conditions of the exhibition, the maximum capacity of the space is limited to 99 visitors at a time. We apologise for any possible delays and appreciate your understanding.

  • Due to limits imposed by the structure of the building, unfortunately, there is no disabled access. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause for guests.

  • Flat footwear is obligatory (heels are prohibited).

  • Filming and photographing are generally not permitted in the exhibition due to copyright issues.

  • The exhibition is not appropriate for children under 7 years old. The displays and content are aimed at adults and can only be recommended for children 14 years or older.