Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin in Berlin, or simply known as The German Berlin Tech Museum is a science museum covering uniquely German science, engineering and technology all under one roof.
Furthermore, the German are renowned for their engineering prowess, the museum of science and technology exhibits a large collection of historical technical artifacts. This includes mostly post second world war exhibits and some surviving pre-war exhibits.
Also, on your visit, you enter the museum through a side tree entrance located at Trebbiner Street 9, in Berlin, Germany. The facade of the museum is fronted by a large glass wall and topped by a Dakota passenger plane at the building top balcony. Tickets costs 14 Euros for adults.
Here, a small personal craft sits above the museum lobby area which branches off into the various galleries. Here, you can find displays of relays, switchboards, workshop and even printing presses.
A German engineering curation
Moreover, the museum’s main emphasis originally was on trains, locomotives and rail transport. This includes long distance U-bahn and S-bahn trains which we would touch on later.
Furthermore, Germany is one of, if not the best engineering powerhouses of the world. This makes the technology museum one of the best historical technological showcases from an engineering perspective in the region. Interestingly, you can find some telephone relay boards and typography machines such as writers.
Notably, in the museum expansion of the years, today it also features exhibits covering sea ships, aircraft and industrial technology.
Sea naval section
Moreover, the marine section comprises of a mix of miniature ship models as well as full-sized boats on display. The marine section is one of the more darker and industrial looking section.
Also, the marine sector houses a couple of shipping workhorses. This include tugs, and a couple of sail boats. The museum is quite an interactive one as visitors much to the delight of visiting children who were seen using the as playgrounds.
Additionally on display is a gallery housing model ships in circular capsules. You can find classic sailing as well as merchant ships used in the pre-war era. It is quite a ship modeller delight.
Also, the bottom galleries houses a range of sailboats, personal crafts and boat hill construction techniques.
The museum in the nutshell covers German technology through the decades over air, land and sea. Moving on to the airplane section, you can find a of recovered World War 2 fighter as well as civil aviation planes for recreation and transportation.
Additionally, this aviation section reside in the top most floor of the museum. It is a vast section with a tall ceiling housing exhibits in the ground and mounted on the ceiling.
Interestingly, the aviation sector also sees a vertical gallery of planes mounted along the museum’s central atrium.
However, there is not denying you can’t shy away from Germany involvement in the second world War. You can find some of the most finest German planes and jet engines which served in the wars. Some are restored while some are left in the sate when they were recovered after the war. Notably, you can find a range of Vietnam era fighter planes as well as Russian planes taken over from East Germany.
Also, on a lighter note, there are also quirky flying cars, as well as wooden-framed early planes. Notably, the aircraft galleries here are the largest of the museum.
Train shed section
Wrapping up is train shed section of the museum. Moreover, it is also one of the more impressive and the oldest section in the museum.
Here, sheds and warehouses houses various workhorse steam locomotives, and diesel electric locomotives. Also, there are some scale modules of railroads and tube stations. If you are a train fan, you will be in for a treat.
All in all, the German Museum of Technology is one a great place to visit just for its technology and engineering showcases. The museum is open from 10am to 6pm, and closed on Mondays.