1 Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany
030/2273 ext. 0431
Deutscher Dom Berlin Reviews
Church that packs a surprise Jan 05, 2011
We approached the German Dom, expecting to visit a church, check out the murals and dome, then get out. Ten minutes tops. We were wrong.
Entering the Dom, we noticed that it is not actually used as a church, but as a museum. The collection is a tribute to the political history of Germany, starting somewhere around the 1850s with the first attempts at uniting Germany. Then the exhibit continues through the first and second world wars and their political impact on Germany.
It is very interesting to see the original election posters used by the NSDAP. It is described in detail how Hitler gained the dictatorship of Germany by the end of the thirties and how the war turned out.
Finally, the period between the end of WW2 and the fall of the wall in 1989 is described. The exhibition gives a great impression of the impact this split had on both sides of Germany, and more specifically, Berlin.
The only drawback is that the exhibition is entirely in German. There are free audio guides available so this should not be that much of a problem for the English speaking public.
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