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Military History Museum of Bundeswehr

Am Flugplatz Gatow 33, 14089 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 36872601
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Gatow at the end of the world :)

Well you have to like planes if you want to visit this museum. Its in the part of city called... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2017
Belgrade, Serbia
Expensive via taxi

Reading reviews here it cost 20 euro one way via taxi?! Try 45 euro each way. I'm only giving this... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
Nicole Y
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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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Am Flugplatz Gatow 33, 14089 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 36872601
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

Well you have to like planes if you want to visit this museum. Its in the part of city called Gatow. There is no need to go by taxi. S bahn/Ubahn/Bus combination is just fine. There a lot of aircrafts, airdefence systems, radars etc. Those...More

Thank TheEnt
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Reading reviews here it cost 20 euro one way via taxi?! Try 45 euro each way. I'm only giving this three stars because my boyfriend liked it, and he was very happy to see the a he111 plane. But this was only a glimpse into...More

Thank Nicole Y
Reviewed 10 September 2017

If your a military, history or picnic buff, then this is a must see, especially on a sunny day. This year the Museum had Open Day on 2-3 September 2017 and next year in 2018 around March/April, a new WWII display exhibition most likely in...More

Thank gregoryjarosch50
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Many varied and interesting aircraft can be found at this museum, mostly Russian aircraft which I find very interesting. They have a certain beauty in their ugliness. The area is large, each aircraft is displayed with an information plaque in German and English. There's a...More

Thank Alan A
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Spent 1 and a half hours here, but of course it can take a lot more time. As well as outdoor plane exhibits ranging from cold war missiles to fighters, there are 2 hangers that are open for you to explore. Unfortunately most exhibit information...More

Thank ehr100
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

When you like technics and aviation it is a very nice place to go to. The museum is big with a lot of planes, sometimes old and sometimes a pre latest version.

Thank Joenie1974
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Bit of a hard place to get to but worth the visit if your into this type of display. Under renovation so no eating facility. Bring your lunch and dine with the old aircraft on display. Pick a fine day as most is outdoors

Thank Anthony2650
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The museum displays an impressive amount of hardware, but, aside the technical data, there is little effort in trying to communicate the background and story of the machines in the exhibition. Also, reaching there by public transport is quite lengthy if you are coming from...More

Thank Paco F
Reviewed 16 June 2017

I have given this museum a very good as they are working very hard to improve the exhibitions and I am sure it will deserve a 4*. If you are an aircraft enthusiast you will see some very unusual specimens. Large area to cover, and...More

1  Thank CocoaBerkshire
Reviewed 13 June 2017

We were heading for the Technical Museum in Central Berlin on a rainy day, when our taxi driver (in flawless English) mentioned the attractions at what I will call the Luftwaffe museum, SW of Spandau. We headed there instead and he came in too -...More

Thank njfairbrother
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23 July 2015|
Response from john461212 | Reviewed this property |
Dead easy by public transport as I put in my review. Get the train to Spandau. Get the 135 route bus (marked Alt-Kladow route on the bus stop) On the bus is a digital map of the bus stops, you need the Kurpromenade stop... More