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Military History Museum of Bundeswehr

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Neighbourhood: Spandau
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Address: Am Flugplatz Gatow 33, 14089 Berlin, Germany
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+49 30 36872601
10:00 - 18:00
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The Museum on the Berlin-Gatow airfield is a branch of the Bundeswehr...

The Museum on the Berlin-Gatow airfield is a branch of the Bundeswehr Museum of Military History. Like its parent agency in Dresden, it does not see itself primarily as a museum of technical history, but rather as a modern museum of cultural history.The Museum in Dresden tells a general cultural history of violence, whereas the Berlin Museum focuses on aerial warfare as the most recent development in the military use of force.Visitors will learn how aerial warfare has altered our views on warfare. The following topics are at the center of our presentation:• Crossing Borders. Airplanes enable us to transport information, diplomats and casualties quickly and across borders. At the same time, the emergence of the aerial bombing warfare resulted in the abolition of the old dichotomy between front and hinterland.• Invisible Perpetrators, Invisible Victims. Among other things, aerial warfare is characterized by high speeds, tremendous ranges and increasingly huge kill capacities. These characteristics result in a depersonalization in the relationship between perpetrators and victims.• Cover instead of Flight. People on the ground are practically unable to escape the violence from the air. They are faced with sudden alarms and have to look for cover in cellars and holes in the ground.• Role Models. The role of a pilot has changed continuously over the years: In the eyes of his contemporaries, he was a daring technical pioneer and knight of the air, a daredevil, an engine operator and a flight engineer. Pilots were sacrificed and became killers. Not all pilots are men. What will be their role in an era of unmanned aviation?• Military and Society. The doctrines of employment and the manner of taking responsibility for the protection of lives reflect the political system and self-image of the various air forces. For that reason, military aviation cannot be examined separately but must be seen in the context of its social and political environment.The Museum of Military History on the Berlin-Gatow airfield sees itself a place of learning for military Bundeswehr personnel as well as interested visitors. As an interface between the military and society, it hopes to encourage discussions and to contribute towards the integration of the armed forces into public life in Germany.The museum collection contains more than 200 airplanes, numerous air defence systems and sensors, uniforms, equipment, art, documents and pictures (a total collection of 600,000 items).

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Great collection of Cold War era aircraft

I have been to Berlin several times, but this was my first time visiting this museum. Getting there is a bit of a challenge - taxi (or rental car) is really the only option. (I... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

I have been to Berlin several times, but this was my first time visiting this museum. Getting there is a bit of a challenge - taxi (or rental car) is really the only option. (I was a bit leery of taking a taxi all the way out to the museum from central Berlin, as the location is not such that... More 

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Reviewed 27 February 2017

This museum is well worth the visit. It is a long distance from the city center. As we were not long is Berlin we took a taxi which cost €42 each way. The staff were very friendly, organising a taxi to take us back and gave us a gift of a lovely book about the history of the museum.

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Reviewed 8 January 2017

So aside from the cab ride from Berlin costing me about 30 euro each way and the gift shop being sold out of seemingly every print I wanted, this place was amazing. I have been to a lot of aviation museums but this one was full of a lot of Cold War and East German era aircraft. I made this... More 

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Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Large well preserved site - RAF Gatow as it was known when my wife lived in Berlin in 1987. Lots of walking for small people as a result. Scooters and bikes are allowed outside exhibition halls so good idea if you have under 10s. Lots of cold war exhibits. Basic info boards but 90,% in German throughout. Good coverage of... More 

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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Free entry. Recommend bringing a packed lunch, including drinks and the cafe only offers plunger coffee and hotdogs (wurst) on sliced white bread. Set aside a day for this museum as it takes some travel to reach, and due to the size will take several hours to see everything. This museum is located in a disused air base, and as... More 

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Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is well worth going to see. I came here yesterday along with 50 others on the coach. Its a must for Historians. Its not close to the centre of Berlin so would need your own transport, or like me hire a coach with 50 odd friends.

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Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is a very interesting aviation museum. There are few other museums which have so many old Western and Soviet aircraft next to each other. Some of the internal exhibits in the hangars are rare and you can get close to them to take photos. Unfortunately the museum is not run on a proper commercial basis. Signposts on the roads... More 

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Reviewed 29 September 2016

This aircraft museum is worth going to. It is on the outskirts Berlin and is about 19km from the centre of Berlin. You will need to us public transport, You can get there by train and bus but it will take you approx 1.5hours. We took a taxi which takes 20mins and cost around 30euros. The museum is free to... More 

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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Was very impressed with the large array of Cold War jets on display although many of them are a little tatty and could do with a freshen up. That said, the museum is free and I imagine funding for the museum is tight. The biggest issue for the foreign traveller is getting there. We took the local train service to... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

The museum itself is well outside of central Berlin, almost 20km, so it can take quite a while to get there, however, for anyone interested in aviation, this is a must. There are many rae aircraft there including a Me 163, which was very cool. It was cool to see all the Russian aircraft like MIG-15 to MIG-23. These I... More 

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