Sunday, April 5, 2009
-- The biggest events will be in November, when the city will mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, but celebrations and commemorations throughout Germany are ongoing. (The sheer number of events is staggering. A 28-page guide to them can be downloaded at http://www.cometogermany.com.) Berlin's city museum, The Story of Berlin, is a good place to start (Kurfurstendamm 207-208, 011-49-30-88-72-01-00, http://www.story-of-berlin.de), and the closest stop to the museum on the city's U-bahn subway system is Uhlandstrasse (http://www.bvg.de). Admission, which includes a guided tour in English of the adjacent nuclear fallout shelter, is about $13; open daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The House at Checkpoint Charlie (Friedrichstrasse 43-45, 011-49-30-25-37-25-0, http://www.mauermuseum.de) has a marvelous collection of artifacts. The closest subway stop is Kochstrasse. Admission about $16.50; open daily 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Expect crowds at the small DDR Museum (Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 1, 011-49-30-84-71-23-73-1, http://www.ddr-museum.de). Admission about $7.25; open daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Saturdays until 10 p.m.). The closest subway stop is Hackescher Markt.