What was everyday life like in Communist East Germany? Find out more using our audio guide. In 20 commentaries, historians, contemporary witnesses and exhibition organizers vividly explain how the exhibition depicts life in Communist East Germany, their memories of it, and how the claims by the Communist regime compared with people’s lived reality.You can listen to all the individual tracks here – either at home or in the museum. Simply use the free Wi-Fi for visitors and listen to them on your smartphone.
All tracks are available in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian. We hope you enjoy exploring our exhibition.
AudioGuide auf Deutsch hier online anhören.
AudioGuide in English here online available.
Le guide audio en français en ligne ici.
La audioguía en español online aquí.
L'audioguida in italiano online qui.
Target audience: All audiences
Duration: 45 minutes
Topic: GDR, Socialist Unity Party of Germany, dictatorship, consumption, leisure time
free of charge
Reunification also left its traces on the people of Prenzlauer Berg. Until 1989, Oderberger Straße, which is now a tourist attraction, was a cul-de-sac ending at the Wall, much of the district’s old building stock was decaying and what is now the U2 underground line only ran as far as Thälmannplatz. Many traces of the GDR era can still be discovered today. But there have also been major changes. Roads and underground stations have been renamed. The Kulturbrauerei is an example of how vacant properties can be turned into cultural spaces. Kollwitzplatz is the heart of a fashionable, gentrified district which has very little to do with the decaying buildings and East Berlin bohemia of the 1980s. The walk begins at the Museum in der Kulturbrauerei and ends at Kollwitzplatz.
The guided tour can be booked through our Visitor Services.
The Oderberger Straße, which is now a tourist attraction, was a dead end until 1989 that ended at the wall. Because of its viewing platform on the west side, it not only became a “shop window to the east”, but was also under special observation by the SED regime. Many aspects of everyday life in the 1970s and 1980s in the GDR can still be traced along the street today. Shops and butchers tell of supplies and queues, pubs and bathing establishments of meeting places for neighborhood residents, old buildings of desolate housing conditions, secret meetings of East Berlin bohemians and Stasi spies. The walk begins at the Museum in der Kulturbrauerei and ends at the location of the former viewing platform.
The guided tour is aimed at groups in accordance with the current pandemic regulations. It can be booked through our Visitor Services.
What did everyday life in the GDR look like? What boundaries did the SED regime draw, and were there people who resisted state control? By searching for clues, young people get to know the permanent exhibition on their own: Six stations invite to explore original objects, biographical reports and interactive media stations and to find references to their own lives.
Ask for the Guide “Tracing history” at the information desk.
Target audience: Secondary level I and II
Duration: 1 h
Topic: Everyday life, Socialist Unity Party rule, leisure, consumption and deprivation
free of charge
We offer guided visits of the permanent exhibition “Everyday Life in the GDR” in foreign languages, available to book. The languages we offer are Dutch, English, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Swedish.
Not the language you require? Contact our Visitor Services to see whether we can find a suitable alternative. Foreign-language guided visits can be booked through our Visitor Services for groups of 10 people or more.