Since 1997, the Berlin Underworlds Association has been researching the history of Berlin’s hidden city, beneath its soil, with the goal of further exploration into the development and documentation of historical structures. Through numerous tours, the Association attempts to provide a realistic insight into the rapid urban development of the 19th century, the military history of Germany’s capital, and the division of Berlin. With this latest project, the Association intends to create a permanent location to provide information on the urban planning of the Nazi era.
The vast project of planning Hitler’s Germania was not meant
merely to serve Berlin’s citizens with a modernized habitat,
but rather as a representation of the Nazi regime’s sheer power. With a project that seemed inconceivable to most, the
foundations were supported by Speer’s policies of expulsion,
deportation and slave labor. By combining these factors, we
can see how the attempted development of this new metropolis was inevitably linked with crimes against humanity.
The exhibition displays the architecture and urban planning in Berlin during the Nazi era, the ideological objectives of the Nazi regime and the criminal methods used in its pursuit. With these goals in mind, the exhibition attempts to analyze and deconstruct the legends surrounding the hotly debated subject of the “World Capital of Germania”.
The multimedia exhibition invites visitors to independently explore this complex topic. Over twenty authors from various universities and memorials in Berlin have participated in this interdisciplinary project. With seven thematic areas, the exhibition displays selected works and deals with technical, social and ideological backgrounds within the context of crimes such as expulsion, deportation and forced labor.
The exhibition is located in an underground exhibition hall at Gesundbrunnen subway station (U8). Through numerous media stations, texts and models, visitors gain a comprehensive insight into the project plans of the GBI. Additional materials include an exhibit that is part of the “Speer-Kandelabers”, artifacts from the “Klinkerwerk” satellite concentration camp in Oranienburg, fragments of columns from the New Reich Chancellery, and a test light from the tunnel below Straße des 17. Juni. At the exhibition, visitors are also welcome to explore the plans for Hitler’s envisioned city, “Germania”. The exhibition’s main model has been taken from the 2004 film, “Der Untergang” (The Downfall), and is striking in its presence.
By exploring these themes, visitors can make the connection between Hitler’s vast architectural endeavors and their criminal link with forced labor.
See a short clip about the exhibition on YouTube
Open all year:
Additional opening hours around national holidays:
Please note: The ticket sales is only open until 4 p.m.!
Tickets are not available at the exhibition entrance!
Tickets are only available in the pavilion next to the south entrance of the Gesundbrunnen underground station (in front of ‘Kaufland’), Brunnenstraße 105, 13355 Berlin (take the exit in the direction of Humboldthain Park, Brunnenstraße). Map
Ticket sales open until 4p.m.
Last entry to the exhibition 30 min. before closing.
Admission 6 € (reduced 5 €)
Combi-ticket 3 € (in combination with a Berliner Unterwelten tour)
We only take cash as payment, credit/debit cards are not accepted!
The general terms and conditions of Berliner Unterwelten e.V. apply.
After you bought the tickets…
Enter the subway station next to the ticket sales (Brunnenstraße 105).
Go downstairs to the U8 subway platform.
Follow the subway platform to the opposite end (exit Badstraße)
Take the stairs (not the escalator).
The exhibition entrance is located on the right-hand side of the third flight of stairs.