Don’t have time to all see all the great landmarks of Berlin you’d like to on your trip, and don’t know when you’ll return?
Love the idea of a photo opp which will let you play King Kong, Godzilla, or the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from “Ghostbusters” for an hour or two?
If you answered both of those questions, “Yes,” you’ll feel the buzz when you visit the Modellpark Berlin-Brandenburg, located at Eichgestell 4 in Berlin’s Treptow-Köpenick district. For only EUR 4 (EUR 2 if you’re a student) you can see more than sixty of Berlin’s most important landmarks in astonishingly detailed 1:25 scale model size.
Located on about 1.2 hectares or 3 acres of ground where the Ernst Thälmann Stadium once stood in Köpenick’s Volkspark Wuldheide, the Modellpark has paths which in minutes lead from Pfaueninsel’s glory past the massive apartment blocks of Lichtenberg.
Spandau’s Rathaus and Nikolaikirche are here, along with one of Berlin’s oldest subway stations, the Wittenbergplatz, complete with a subway car tucked inside a tunnel.
The Pergamonmuseum, Siegessäule (Victory Column), the Reichstag, and of course the Brandenburg Gate are all here. So the red-brick Grunewaldturm, the original of which looks down on the River Havel from its perch atop the 79m/260-foot Karlsberg Hill. It’s a short stroll from Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum to the Wittenburg Clock Tower.
One of the coolest models is the Hi-Flyer, a replica of the enormous hot air balloon in which thirty visitors at a time can ascend above Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie. Each of the models has displays with information on its architecture and history.
There are benches on which you can relax and soak up the surroundings, and the kids will love the park’s play areas. Most of the nearly 300/120 hectares acres of surrounding Volkspark Wuhlheide have been allowed to return to a natural state, but open-air concerts are still held there.
The Modellpark Berlin-Brandenburg is open daily from April through October from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
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