Blick von oben auf ein Flugzeug, dass an einer Stahlkonstruktion hängt. Eine Hochbahnbrücke auf der gerade eine orange-gelbe Bahn fährt, kreuzt eine Straße und einen Flusslauf. Im Hintergrund erkennt man mehrere Gebäudedächer. Der Himmel ist blau, aber stark bewölkt.

Buildings and Grounds

The Deutsches Technikmuseum is located right next to “Gleisdreieck,” which was Berlin’s main rail hub in the early 20th century. Today six different modes of transport cross there: a waterway in the form of the Landwehr Canal, roads, railroad tracks, S-Bahn and U-Bahn lines, and the flight paths of airplanes

Important Locations in Berlin Transportation History

Parts of the Museum are located on what was once the “Anhalter Bahnhof” freight depot and maintenance facility. The buildings were designed by Franz Schwechten, who was also the architect of Berlin’s Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The landmarked Engine Sheds, where the Rail Transport exhibition is now located, date to 1874. The preserved east side of the station building now houses the Science Center Spectrum, whereas the depot storage rooms behind it host the Road Transport exhibition (called “On the Move”) and “The Network.”

 

Main Entrance: From Block Ice Production to Museum Portal

Schwarzweiß-Foto: Frontalansicht eines großen, vierstöckigen Backsteingebäudes. Im Erdgeschoss führen große Torbögen ins Innere.
Das heutige Eingangsgebäude des Deutschen Technikmuseums in der Trebbiner Straße war um 1908 Teil der Markt- und Kühlhallengesellschaft.
SDTB, Historisches Archiv

The historic building on Trebbiner Straße that now serves as the Museum’s main entrance was built around 1908 as a residence, factory, horse stable, and office building for Carl Linde’s Markt- und Kühlhallengesellschaft, a producer of block ice. The Museum’s Förderverein (supporting association) had its first office here. Thanks to the efforts of this supporting organization, in 1980 the entrance building started being transformed into exhibition and office space for the museum of technology then being planned.

 

The New Building: A Berlin Landmark

Ein Neubaugebäude mit Glasfassade. An einer Stahlkonstruktion auf dem Dach hängt ein Flugzeug. Im Vordergrund sieht man grüne Baumkronen.
Das Deutsche Technikmuseum in Berlin-Kreuzberg präsentiert auf über 26.500 Quadratmetern die Kulturgeschichte der Technik.
SDTB / H. Hattendorf

The New Building opened in 2001. It was designed by Berlin architects Ulrich Wolff and Helge Pitz. Its 12,000 square meters of space, divided over four levels, house the Shipping and Aviation exhibitions, as well as the collection that once belonged to the Zucker-Museum. A Douglas C-47B Skytrain, known to Berliners as a Rosinenbomber (Raisin Bomber), is suspended over the terrace and has become the symbol of the Deutsches Technikmuseum.

In the near future, we plan to build a new main entrance between the Science Center and the main building. It will both welcome visitors and connect the Museum’s existing buildings.

Museum Park: An Oasis for Relaxation and Learning

The twelve-hectare Museum Park is something special. It contains a historic brewery, functioning windmills, and a working forge – complete with a waterwheel. In addition, it provides visitors with a beautiful natural setting where they can take a stroll and relax. It’s a green oasis in the middle of Berlin.

Blick von oben auf ein Gebäudeensemble aus Backstein, umgeben von grünen Bäumen. Hinter den Gebäuden stehen ein Wasserturm und ein Schornstein.
Eine Oase in der Großstadt: Der weitläufige Museumspark lädt zum Entspannen ein.
SDTB / C. Kirchner