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  • 002 - Hiroshima sunset.jpg
  • 003 - Auschwitz-Birkenau ramp.jpg
  • 004 - Chernobyl contamination.jpg
  • 005 - Darvaza flaming gas crater.jpg
  • 006 - Berlin Wall madness.jpg
  • 007 - Bulgaria - monument at the bottom of Buzludzhy park hill.jpg
  • 008 - Ijen crater.jpg
  • 009 - Aralsk, Kazakhstan.jpg
  • 010 - Paris catacombs.jpg
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  • 012 - Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Hanoi.jpg
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  • 022 - Chacabuco ghost town.jpg
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  • 024 - Kursk.jpg
  • 025 - Bran castle, Carpathia, Romania.jpg
  • 026 - Bestattungsmuseum Wien.jpg
  • 027 - Pripyat near Chernobyl.jpg
  • 028 - Sedlec ossuary, Czech Republic.jpg
  • 029 - Pyramida Lenin.jpg
  • 030 - Falklands.jpg
  • 031 - Majdanek.jpg
  • 032 - Soufriere volcano, Montserrat.jpg
  • 033 - moai on Easter Island.jpg
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  • 037 - Polygon, Semipalatinsk test site, Kazakhstan.jpg
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  • 040 - Vemork hydroelectric power plant building, Norway.jpg
  • 041 - Enola Gay.jpg
  • 042 - Pentagon 9-11 memorial.jpg
  • 043 - Robben Island prison, South Africa.jpg
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  • 045 - Marienthal tunnel.jpg
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  • 047 - Labrador battery Singapore.jpg
  • 048 - Artyom island, Absheron, Azerbaijan.jpg
  • 049 - Treblinka.jpg
  • 050 - Titan II silo.jpg
  • 051 - dosemetering doll, Chernobyl.jpg
  • 052 - Holocaust memorial, Berlin.jpg
  • 053 - Komodo dragon.jpg
  • 054 - cemeterio general, Santiago de Chile.jpg
  • 055 - Tuol Sleng, Phnom Phen, Cambodia.jpg
  • 056 - West Virginia penitentiary.jpg
  • 057 - ovens, Dachau.jpg
  • 058 - Derry, Northern Ireland.jpg
  • 059 - Bulgaria - Buzludzha - workers of all countries unite.jpg
  • 060 - Sachsenhausen.jpg
  • 061 - Tiraspol dom sovietov.jpg
  • 062 - modern-day Pompeii - Plymouth, Montserrat.jpg
  • 063 - Pico de Fogo.jpg
  • 064 - Trinity Day.jpg
  • 065 - Zwentendorf control room.jpg
  • 066 - Wolfschanze.jpg
  • 067 - Hiroshima by night.jpg
  • 068 - mass games, North Korea.jpg
  • 069 - Harrisburg.jpg
  • 070 - Nuremberg.jpg
  • 071 - Mostar.jpg
  • 072 - Tu-22, Riga aviation museum.jpg
  • 073 - Gallipoli, Lone Pine.jpg
  • 074 - Auschwitz-Birkenau - fence.jpg
  • 075 - Darvaza flaming gas crater.jpg
  • 076 - Atatürk Mausoleum, Ankara.jpg
  • 077 - Banda Aceh boats.jpg
  • 078 - AMARG.jpg
  • 079 - Chacabuco ruins.jpg
  • 080 - Bucharest.jpg
  • 081 - Bernauer Straße.jpg
  • 082 - Death Railway, Thailand.jpg
  • 083 - Mandor killing fields.jpg
  • 084 - Kozloduy.jpg
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  • 087 - Panmunjom, DMZ, Korea.jpg
  • 088 - Ijen blue flames.jpg
  • 089 - Derry reconsilliation monument.jpg
  • 090 - Ebensee.jpg
  • 091 - Mödlareuth barbed wire.jpg
  • 092 - skull heaps in Sedlec ossuary, Czech Republic.jpg
  • 093 - Nikel.jpg
  • 094 - Fukushima-Daiichi NPP.jpg
  • 095 - Tital launch control centre.jpg
  • 096 - Dallas Dealy Plaza and Sixth Floor Museum.jpg
  • 097 - Auschwitz I.jpg
  • 098 - Stalin and Lenin, Tirana, Albania.jpg
  • 099 - Malta, Fort St Elmo.jpg
  • 100 - Peenemünde.jpg
  • 101 - Tarrafal.jpg
  • 102 - Kilmainham prison, Dublin.jpg
  • 103 - North Korea.jpg
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  • 105 - St Helena.jpg
  • 106 - Stutthof, Poland.jpg
  • 107 - Merapi destruction.jpg
  • 108 - Chueung Ek killing fields, Cambodia.jpg
  • 109 - Marienborn former GDR border.jpg
  • 110 - Mig and star, Kazakhstan.jpg
  • 111 - Nagasaki WWII tunnels.jpg
  • 112 - Hellfire Pass, Thailand.jpg
  • 113 - Kiev.jpg
  • 114 - Grutas Park, Lithuania.jpg
  • 115 - Zwentendorf reactor core.jpg
  • 116 - two occupations, Tallinn.jpg
  • 117 - Trunyan burial site.jpg
  • 118 - Ushuaia prison.jpg
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  • 120 - Marienthal with ghost.jpg
  • 121 - Murmansk harbour - with an aircraft carrier.jpg
  • 122 - Berlin Olympiastadion.JPG
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  • 124 - Spassk.jpg
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  • 127 - Bledug Kuwu.jpg
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  • 130 - mummies, Bolivia.jpg
  • 131 - Barringer meteor crater.jpg
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  • 159 - Maly Trostenec, Minsk, Belarus.jpg
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  • 174 - Pervomaisc ICBM base, more  missiles, including an SS-18 Satan.jpg
  • 175 - Cellular Jail, Port Blair.jpg
  • 177 - control room, Chernobyl NPP.JPG
  • 178 - Podgorica, Montenegro, small arms and light weapons sculpture.jpg
  • 179 - Vught.jpg
  • 180 - Japanese cave East Timor.jpg
  • 181 - Ani.jpg
  • 182 - Indonesia wildfire.jpg
  • 183 - Chacabuco big sky.jpg
  • 184 - Bunker Valentin, Germany.JPG
  • 185 - Lest we Forget, Ypres.JPG
  • 186 - the logo again.jpg

lost places:

The old exhibition at the Anhalter Bahnhof bunker, Berlin

   
[This text describes an exhibition that is no more. It's been replaced by the new Story of Berlin Museum. But I still thought this now outdated text might be interesting to some, if just for reference:]
 
As you walk in, past the gate by the surrounding school premises and along a metal ramp, the structure looms even larger above. Then you enter through dark passageways, lined with newspaper clippings about the place, esp. the "chamber of horrors" part (all in German) plus some general information (with some English translations).
  
When you get to the ticket window you will have to decide whether you want to do the whole thing, i.e. including the "Gruselkabinett", i.e. the horror show on the ground floor and first floor, or just the museum part downstairs.
    
The "Gruselkabinett", or 'chamber of horrors', has gory displays about ancient medical practices (designed to chill and shock, rather than inform) and upstairs is more ghost, skeletons and blood stuff. More for the kids, really, though apparently there's also some "live" scariness to be expected (or not) up here. OK, if you like such fairground scares, though typically cheesy … if the photos you can see online are anything to go by. I can't really say myself, because I opted for the cheaper museum-only ticket (and I presume for most of the readers of this website the same can be recommended).
  
With that you are sent past the display cabinets with items for sale (Halloween decoration style stuff) and downstairs where a whole floor is now a museum. This is a serious, sober, if a bit "auto-didactic" style exhibition about the bunker and Berlin during the air raids in general. In the first (ante-)room, there's an area with seats and a TV screen playing a short film about the bunker, featuring the proprietor herself telling her story of setting up this museum.
  
On the walls are documents and ground plans and also letters, including a long eyewitness report. A section behind the TV features a "hole" in the bunker wall – so you can see how thick the concrete is. Two steel doors, so heavy it took seven men to carry each of them, are also on display.
  
Further into the bunker, several exhibition rooms branch off the main corridor. These contain, for instance, items found in the bunker – including gas masks, provisions, photos, documents, pamphlets, etc. – even funny stuff like rather frivolous "marriage advice", illustrated rather candidly for the times.
  
Other exhibits include old newspapers, more documents and photos not directly linked to this particular bunker – even a whole section about the "Führerbunker" at the Reich Chancellery (see Berlin) and its demolition/sealing. Attached are copies of Hitler's and Eva Braun's wedding certificate, from shortly before they committed suicide in that bunker, and an eyewitness report of the latter. This is augmented by photos of the national-socialist style wall paintings inside the preserved but sealed "Fahrerbunker" ('drivers' bunker – see, again, under Berlin).
  
One section of the main corridor's wall features an impressive series of aerial photos of the Anhalter station area, from during WWII, first still intact, then bombed-out, up to the post-war demolition and clearing of the area.  
  
Highly entertaining (and hugely illuminating too!) is another section in one of the exhibition rooms about "war cuisine" – featuring various recipes adapted to or invented in the light of the hardships of wartime rationing and dearth. Some of the "inspired" culinary ideas represented here even sound quite tasty!
  
Finally, further downstairs, in one room of the otherwise blocked off floor below, there's a four-minute tape loop playing accompanied with some light-and-sound effects, which is supposed to give an impression of bunker life. It's a bit amateur theatre-ish (scripted by the museum's proprietor herself, based on eyewitnesses' stories) and tries a bit too hard to cram too many aspects into such a short "play" (with five speakers/actors), but it's still an endearing attempt.
  
In general you can tell that this museum has come into being out of private initiative, not with the usual government-backed funding and professional, modern-museum multi-media and interactive affairs you often find in "official" memorial museums these days. It may lack the polished perfectionism and sleek didactics of such museums, but I found the absence of this actually almost refreshing. The individualistic and occasionally comparatively "amateurish" nature of the place certainly gives it character.
  
Given that this is also the only such bunker in Berlin that is regularly accessible for the public (others are accessible only on guided bunker tours), it should rank highly on any dark tourist's itinerary in Berlin.
  
The main exhibit is, of course, the massive building itself, and the long dank corridors convey a suitably oppressive mood. But I actually found the exhibition contents surprisingly interesting too and often informative in an unexpected way.
  
Most documents, newspaper cuttings, etc. are naturally in German, but descriptive texts are partly translated into English (again, not all that professionally, but OK enough to convey crucial points of information). There are also some bits in Russian. Typically, the translations are only shortened summaries, but still, better than none at all.
 
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NOTE that this description of the bunker museum at Anhalter Bahnhof is now completely outdated. The old exhibition was replaced by a completely new one that was set up by the Berlin Story outfit, who later also closed the “Gruselkabinett” ('chamber of horrors') element. Read about this current incarnation here
 
  
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