Deutsches Teknik Museum of Berlin to our itinerary. On our walk over we went through a park that was directly behind the Anhalter Station. I was fascinated by some obvious ruins we saw there.
Clearly something had happened here before. But what?
When we got to the museum we found out. The museum itself and the long stretch of park between it were once part of the Anhalter Station complex.. We discovered this amazing model of the way it used to be.
The picture above represents only the actual passenger station. There was so much more! Parts of this amazing complex are still standing and the Teknikmusuem are built into them.. The train exhibit was mostly housed in the round houses where trains are repaired. Here's the model.
I love nothing better than exploring old historic sites so I was really in adventure heaven.
The Germans are making good use of their history. I loved that there were toiletten in this small old building outside.
They also are fearless about facing the dark side of their history. I could show you some exhibits related to the deportation of Jews from this station but I don't want to trivialize that piece of history in any way so I will save it for a separate post.
I wanted to go to the Teknikmuseum for Chuck because he is a train man and figured I'd learn somthing useful too - maybe get some pics of trains that my characters might have traveled on etc. Wow! Turns out, this was my absolute favorite stop in Berlin - I felt so immersed in history and I also knew that it was feeding somehow into my story. I can't wait to discover how.
If you find yourself in Berlin, do visit the Teknikmuseum. It is about so much more than one train station and the history of railroading. There is information on shipping, aviation, manufacture,and technology in general. It is an astounding place of interest to all ages!