In Berlin, you can find history on every corner. On the Museum Island you can feel the 19th century of the imperial era, at Alexanderplatz you can take yourself back to the time of the GDR and at the Brandenburg Gate, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German reunification come alive. Throughout the city, bullet holes in buildings and Stolpersteine on the sidewalks remind us of the atrocities of World War II. Even in times of social distancing and lockdowns, these online resources help you to experience the past of Germany’s capital.
The Berlin History App was developed by the City Museum Berlin and offers various participatory tools to discover Berlin’s fascinating historical heritage. It serves as a virtual museum by letting you browse through before-and-after-images, old maps, videos, audio-tours, interviews as well as the special online exhibition “Berlin 1945”… you can easily spend hours on this app!
Two of Berlin’s daily newspapers, the Tagesspiegel and the Berliner Morgenpost, have developed two interactive maps that let you discover what the city used to look like in 1928 and 1953. Looking back almost 100 years, many parts of Berlin looked entirely different and can hardly be recognized nowadays. Also in 1953, areas that are now home to and high-towering skyscrapers and lively neighborhoods lay completely barren marked by the war just years before. Take the virtual tour and be amazed by how much the city has changed!
Pastvu is an online photo database of historical photographs from around the world. For Berlin alone, there are thousands of photos from the last centuries to discover – all marked on a map with the exact location and sorted by color and era. You want to see how the Berlin Palace looked like 100 years ago or which buildings used to stand at Checkpoint Charlie? With Pastvu you can take a little trip back in time and not only check out what important Berlin monuments looked like in the past but also what everyday life on the streets felt like.
Germany’s national history museum, the Deutsches Historisches Museum, has digitized many of its exhibitions – completely free and accessible to all. Browse through some of the museum’s recent exhibitions, such as “Koloniale Geschichte(n)” about Germany’s colonies or “Facing Beethoven“ about portraits of one of Germany’s most famous musicians.