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Tiffany from Corvallis asked

What areas of Berlin show pre-ww2 Berlin's history and character?

In answering a recent Berlin question, I realized that most of my Berlin "history" knowledge is based on WW2. Yeah, there are some pretty pre-war buildings, but a quick google search didn't help.

Is there a neighborhood, museum, building, or place to see that gives a traveler an insight into that city before the war?

Berlin (Germany)

2 Answers
answered first by
Ashley from Calgary

That's tough because a lot has been destroyed and/or revamped. There are buildings that are quite old and do predate the war but you usually learn they were re-built after damage from the war. There is also a lot of new architecture too.

Museums on Museum Island (The Neues in particular) and the Berliner Dom were damaged and rebuilt, they touch on their history when you tour them. The Reichstag is also a great tour, they explain a lot about what it was like and how it has been changed. 

Oranienburger Strasse is the old Jewish neighbourhood which is kind of interesting, it's now known for it's night life but pretty tame during the day. 

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church still has an original tower that is more like a ruin.

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  1. Museum Island (attraction)
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  3. Reichstag (attraction)
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Travis from Kamloops

I will second the Museum Island and Berliner Dom area. These areas were constructed and conceived before the start of WWI and still retain the general feeling of that time.

I'll add in the wonderfully designed and presented Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) which outlines the history of Germany from prehistoric times through the wartime era to the modern day. You can easily lose a day here just wandering and admiring the exhibits. 

Although have not been to it, I have also heard good things about The Story of Berlin - a museum outlining specifically the history of the city. 

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  2. Berliner Dom (attraction)
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  4. The Story of Berlin (attraction)
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