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 from Saturday, May 30th until Monday, June 1st from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Access is only possible with a time-slot-ticket bought online through our partner reservix.





Regular opening hours are (currently not valid):

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


Special / altered opening hours 2020/2021:

  • October 1st – October 5th, 2020: open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • October 29th – November 2nd, 2020: open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • December 27th – December 30th, 2020:  open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • December 31st, 2020: open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Januar 2nd and 3rd, 2021: open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Closed:
December 22nd – 26th, 2020 | January 1st, 2021


Last entry 30 minutes before closing.

Tickets (time-slot-tickets)

Entrance is only possible with a time-slot ticket. This will restrict visitor numbers and avoid queues. A time-slot ticket entitles its holder to enter the exhibition on the booked date and during the fifteen-minute period stated on the ticket. The duration of stay in the exhibition is not limited (only by the general opening hours)

Once having purchased a time-slot ticket, please arrive punctually! Latecomers will not be granted entrance to the exhibition.

Special rules:
Maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters to other people in the waiting area and in the exhibition!  Wearing a face mask is mandatory! No entry without a mask!


Time slot tickets are only available through our partner Reservix.

No ticket sales on site!

to the Reservix-onlineshop

Admission:

  • regular € 6 plus advance booking fees
  • reduced* € 5 plus advance booking fees
    (Schoolchildren, trainees and students are, subject to proof of status, entitled to a discount. There are also discounts for those able to verify that they are unemployed, members of the Bundesfreiwilligendienst (State Volunteer Service), or are severely disabled. No pension reduction!)
  • with BerlinWelcomeCard € 3 plus advance booking fees
  • Combiticket € 3 plus advance booking fees
    (You are entitled to buy a combi-ticket if you can also present a ticket for a tour of the Berliner Unterwelten e.V. at the entrance)


Our General Terms and Conditions are applicable.

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...

  • Please note that the hygiene and distance rules must be followed.
    W
    earing a face Mask is mandatory during your visit!

  • Due to the structural conditions of the exhibition, the maximum capacity of visitors at a time is limited. 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.