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Freilicht Museum – Walk through decades of light

There are 90 of them. Standing disciplined on the side – equally distanced from each other and tirelessly straight – except for the five headed one, the ballerina in the middle of the intersection of the park alleys.

Public gas lighting from 25 German cities and 11 other European cities, from Dublin to Budapest, are on display in an open-air museum on one of the outskirts of Tiergarten. They are aligned quietly, somewhat taller and not as talkative as the beauty-and-the-beast-Lumière, yet more emancipated and obediently wearing their descriptive etiquette. Nevertheless, one can easily sink into conversation or inner introspection and miss out on the spectacle of light and time. The museum has been around since 1978 and is merging with the landscape.

In the same area you will find restaurants with tradition. Schleusenkrug, the guardian of the water lock; Capt’n Schillow, the ship restaurant sailed, now on the spot, by her adventurous captain Norbert and Tiergarten Quelle, the restaurant with the many hand written beer mats, hidden under the arch of the train station. 

Weekends come with the ever-returning flea market across the Straße des 17. Juni. Further intertwining times and stories.

Tip: Plan half an hour for this walk and make sure to mind the other tips you can combine it with. At the time being, the main panel with information about each light is being replaced, so better read more online about it before getting there.

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Details about this spot



Straße des 17. Juni, Berlin

Opening Times

24 hours daily




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)