Orte der Erinnerung 1933-1945

Orte der Erinnerung 1933 - 1945

Gedenkstätten, Dokumentationszentren und Museen
zur Geschichte der nationalsozialistischen Diktatur
in Berlin und Brandenburg

German-Russian Museum Karlshorst

The German-Russian Museum is a unique bilateral institution. It is located at the historical site of the unconditional surrender of the German armed forces (Wehrmacht) on May 8, 1945. With the act of ratification of the surrender document in Karlshorst, World War II came to an end in Europe. Until 1949, the Wehrmacht pioneer school’s former officers casino served as the headquarters of the Soviet Military Administration in Germany. It was here that in 1949, the Soviets handed over administrative authority to the first government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). From 1967 to 1994, the building contained a branch of the “Central Museum of Armed Forces Moscow” featuring the unconditional surrender of fascist Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

In 1991, as a symbol of their new collaboration, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Russian Federation decided to jointly found a museum at this historical location, depicting the history of German-Soviet relations from 1917 to 1990. The focus is on the war of extermination against the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1945.

Alongside the historical spaces and the permanent exhibition, the museum regularly shows special exhibitions. Central themes are the remembrance of the war, issues regarding German-Russian relations and the museum has developed a particular amphasis on war photography. The museum’s work is dedicated to fostering a closer relationship and better understanding between the two countries.

You can register for free tours in German, Russian, English, Polish or Spanish for groups of 10 to 30 people.


Deutsch-Russisches Museum Berlin-Karlshorst (German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst)
Zwieseler Straße 4 (cross street Rheinsteinstraße)
10318 Berlin-Karlshorst

Tel.: +49(0)30-50 15 08 10
Fax: +49(0)30-50 15 08 40

Email: kontakt(at)museum-karlshorst.de
Internet: www.museum-karlshorst.de/en

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S-Bahn (rapid transit system): S3 to Karlshorst, then Bus 296
U-Bahn (subway): U5 to Tierpark, then Bus 296
Parking available

Opening Hours:
Tues-Sun 10-6pm

Free tour open to everyone every Sunday at 3pm

Free entry