German Spy Museum Berlin

Outside the German Spy Museum in Berlin

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I tried to shovel a lot of museums into a very short space of time while I was in Berlin. From my ambitious early list, the German Spy Museum was the only one I managed to get to from my hope to see list. Mind you, this was my sixth museum in less than 48 hours, so it’s not like I failed. 

Arriving at the German Spy Museum in Berlin

German Spy Museum Entrance
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Being the most commercial and family-friendly museum on my list, I was a little hesitant to head here with a bit of a cold coming on. 

But, spies are part of my East German world, and with a final opening in my schedule, it only made sense to make the most of the opportunity.

And, it was worth it. Easy to reach, and easier still to spot from the bus, once you walk in, you’re instantly greeted with the interactivity that makes this museum so popular in the first place. 

I used my Berlin Welcome Card to get a discount on the entrance fee, tucked my stuff into a locker (I was headed straight to the train station afterwards) and eagerly entered the museum. 

What's on display?

I personally loved the coding typewriter displays – and this one especially caught my eye, making me want one desperately. I tried snapping a few pictures with my phone, but not one of them came out as clearly as this. 

Spy Typewriter at the Berlin Spy Museum
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The museum begins with this sort of display, which I fully appreciated. The information was clear, concise and real-world examples of use were included everywhere. 

But, I fully appreciate that anyone visiting the German Spy Museum with kids would need to hustle past this point. The museum is so much more than artefacts. 

Get involved with interactive exhibits

Interactive Laser Exhibit at German Spy Museum
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Yes, there is indeed a laser parcours at this museum – and it’s pretty rad. You can watch on a monitor outside the tunnel to see the guy on the inside is doing. 

I would have loved to do this. But, there was a queue of excitable kids anxiously waiting their turn. And the few people I did see going through were taking their sweet time. Not a chance was I going to subject myself to the scrutiny or the gaggle of giggling children. 

It’s one of the few things I really feel – now, in hindsight – that I really missed out on while touring Berlin. I guess that means I’ll return someday. 

Crawling tunnel at German Spy Museum
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Finding bugs at German Spy Museum
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My favourite exhibit, however, had to be the bugged DDR-styled apartment. With bugs in the wall, possibly in the phone and tucked into the desk, visitors are supposed to see if they can discover them. 

It’s simultaneously harder and easier than one might expect. But, you must forgive me, I wasn’t touching things; there were a lot of kids, and I was feeling unwell. 

Incidentally, that’s how you know this was a pre-Covid world; I was willing to be out while feeling less than my best. It’s also how you know I have kids, because anyone else would’ve thrown caution to the wind when they get to play DDR spy games. (Well, actually, maybe that’s just me.)

But, it was around this point that I realised I needed to scoot – partially to head back to Mannheim, but mostly because I just wanted to sit down and relax. I just couldn’t take any more excitement. 

Still, I wandered through the gift shop, wanting things I couldn’t afford and wishing I would buy more than a few small trinkets for the kids.  And, if you’re close enough to the museum, but can’t find time or the budget for the museum itself, the gift shop at the German Spy Museum is worth it on its own. 

What you need to know about the German Spy Museum

Leipziger Platz 9 | 10117 Berlin

S-Bahn

  • Potsdamer Platz, exit Leipziger Platz

U-Bahn

  • Potsdamer Platz, exit Leipziger Platz

Bus

  • Potsdamer Platz, exit Leipziger Platz

Daily | 10h00 to 20h00

  • Adults | € 12.00
  • Concessions | € 8.00
  • Under 6 | free
  • Families (2 adults + 2 kids) | € 35.00

Concessions include students, trainees and visitors with severely handicapped pass. 

Get 25% off adult admission with the Berlin Welcome Card

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