8 Reasons to Visit Madame Tussauds Berlin

Have you ever dreamed of standing face-to-face with your favorite celebrities? Or maybe you’re more interested in historical icons, or fictional heroes? Look no further than Madame Tussauds Berlin! Here your dreams can come to life in the form of astonishingly lifelike wax figures!

This unique attraction is more than just a museum. It’s also an immersive experience that showcases the rich tapestry of German history and culture. This makes it an ideal must-do while you’re visiting the capital city. You’ll find wax figures of famous Germans like Albert Einstein and Angela Merkel, along with world-famous stars like Beyonce.

While you may have visited Madame Tussauds in other cities, the Berlin location is very different. It offers a distinctive blend of entertainment, education, and exploration. Here you can pose for selfies with your favorite figures or timetravel into Berlin’s past to experience Berlin wall and the division of East and West Germany up close. You can even visit a working (and very glamorous) Berlin bar from the 1920s and enjoy a cocktail!

In this guide, we’ll delve into eight compelling reasons why you should visit this famous wax museum in Berlin. Prepare to be captivated by magic. This is a place where wax figures tell stories, history comes to life, and unforgettable memories are waiting to be made. Of course, we’ve also got the best deals on Madame Tussauds Berlin tickets. Combine them with other great Berlin attractions for more savings and double your fun!

1. Experience the world of Babylon Berlin

The cast of the German TV series “Babylon Berlin“ actor wax figures.
The cast of the German TV series “Babylon Berlin”: Volker Bruch, Meret Becker and Liv Lisa Fries side by side with their wax figures.

The newest exhibit to open at Madame Tussauds is definitely a good read to visit! This new set is based on the multi-award-winning German crime series Babylon Berlin. This German television series has gained international acclaim for its gripping storyline, stunning visuals, and historical accuracy. It’s set in the late 1920s during the Weimar Republic/Roaring 20s era. This period was marked by significant social upheaval, economic hardship, and cultural transformation.

Visitors will be able to feel like they are on the set of the dazzling show with wax figures of three main characters. Volker Bruch stars as Inspector Gereon Rath, a police inspector from Cologne who is transferred to Berlin. Liv Lisa Fries plays crime assistant Charlotte Ritter and Meret Becker as film actress Esther Kasabian.

Babylon Berlin is known for its high production values. It’s one of the most expensive non-English language television series ever made. The show’s creators and production team put a lot of effort into recreating the atmosphere and aesthetics of 1920s Berlin. This includes its decadent nightlife and the political turmoil of the time. Madame Tussauds Berlin has also gone all out to recreate the style of the series for visitors to explore.

To make this a truly immersive experience, the space even features a functioning bar! Special signature Babylon cocktails are mixed so that you can sip a drink while imagining yourself in Berlin during the events of the show.

2. Travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties in Berlin

Charlie Chaplin wax figure in Madame Tussauds museum in Berlin.
The Golden 20s area in Madame Tussauds Berlin includes most famous silent actor Charlie Chaplin. Photo by Hendrik Gergen.

Following on perfectly from the Babylon Berlin area, there’s also a Roaring 20s section featuring German icons from this global era. The Roaring 20s in Germany was a vibrant and transformative period in Berlin’s history. The city became a hub for artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers from around the world. Berlin was known for its avant-garde and experimental arts scene.

At Madame Tussauds Berlin, visitors can travel back in time to see legendary singer and actress Marlene Dietrich, who was born in Berlin. This section also features a waxwork of Liza Minelli as she appeared in her role as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Cabaret was one of the most famous depictions of Berlin during the end of the Roaring 20s.

Other notable figures in this section include Josephine Baker, the dancer who became an icon of the Jazz Age. Baker famously performed in a skirt made of artificial bananas and is wearing this outfit at Madame Tussauds. American athlete Jesse Owens, who competed at the Berlin Olympics in 1936 despite discrimination is also here. Boxing fans will love seeing German boxing legend Max Schmeling.

3. See the most defining moments of Berlin’s past

John F. Kennedy presented in the Madame Tussauds museum in Berlin.
35th President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy wax figure. Photo by Madame Tussauds Berlin.

Visitors can embark on a captivating journey through time at the Berlin 100 exhibition. This is an immersive and expansive 200-square-meter interactive space, filled with wax figures and designed sets. These scenes show events that have played pivotal roles in shaping the very essence of Berlin.

As you wander through this section, you’ll find yourself in the company of renowned figures who have left their mark on Berlin’s history. Musician David Bowie is here, who lived in Berlin’s Schöneberg district with Iggy Pop in the 70s. Former German Chancellor Willy Brandt, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971 is another notable German created in wax. These life-like figures breathe life into the pages of Berlin’s captivating past.

The past also defines the future, and this section includes a wonderful Berlin Pride area with rainbow flags. Visitors can celebrate how Berlin has evolved into a welcoming place for the LGBTQI+ community.

4. ‘Meet’ some of the biggest names in history

Family taking picture with Albert Einstein's wax figure.
Learning about Albert Einstein’s inventions. Photo author Hendrik Gergen.

As well as Berlin’s history, visitors can engage with some of the most influential figures of all time. Of course, many of these are German. Begin your immersive journey by playing alongside legendary composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. Another musical legend from Germany on display here is Johann Sebastian Bach and his statue is the oldest figure at the wax museum Berlin!

Next, test the depths of your knowledge with an enlightening quiz in the company of none other than Albert Einstein. For those seeking a deeper exploration of the human psyche, take a seat on the couch next to the renowned Sigmund Freud.

But that’s not all. Step into the interactive world of William Shakespeare, who may not have been German but is famous worldwide. Here you can not only admire the Bard’s iconic stature but also become part of his timeless stories. Strike the famous pose of Hamlet and capture a selfie that transcends time and connects you with the enduring magic of Shakespearean drama.

5. Celebrate girl power with remarkable women

While many sections so far have focused on famous men, don’t think the women have been forgotten! At Madame Tussauds Berlin, the divas of the past and present take center stage, inviting you to step into their extraordinary lives.

The founder of Madame Tussauds herself, Marie Tussaud, is surrounded by her famous creations. For those captivated by the mystique of actress Marilyn Monroe, an iconic moment awaits you. Immerse yourself in the glamour of Marilyn’s legendary subway scene and get a shot recreating the pose with her.

Beyond the glitz and glamour, Madame Tussauds Berlin invites you to make a powerful statement for women’s rights alongside Alice Schwarzer. Stand shoulder to shoulder with this trailblazing advocate and let your visit serve as a tribute to the ongoing journey towards gender equality.

6. Feel like a star in the football stadium

Visitors can see and touch also Lionel Messi, football star's wax figure.
For football fans the Madame Tussauds Berlin museum is the perfect place to meet their stars. Author Hendrik Gergen.

Footie fans can experience the football world like never before at Madame Tussauds Berlin. Part of the exhibition has been transformed into a sprawling football stadium. Every corner resonates with the palpable energy of a real stadium, immersing you in the thrill of the sport.

Channel your inner striker as you share the ball with none other than the dynamic Joshua Kimmich. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you unleash your best shots and aim for the back of the net while standing toe to toe with this sensational German player. You can also take on the role of a goalkeeper and step into the shoes of legends such as Manuel Neuer and Oliver Kahn. Experience the intense pressure of defending a goal and diving to make incredible saves.

For the ultimate football fan’s dream, capture the moment with none other than Lionel Messi. Stand shoulder to shoulder with the Argentine maestro and immortalize your encounter with a selfie. Sharing the spotlight with one of the greatest footballers of all time is truly an unforgettable experience.

7. Become a Jedi Knight in Star Wars

Prepare for an unparalleled voyage into a galaxy far, far away at Madame Tussauds Berlin. An extraordinary Star Wars experience, crafted in close collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, transports you to the heart of this iconic universe. Step into another universe with lifelike wax figures of your beloved heroes and formidable villains.

Embrace the Force and embark on a journey worthy of a Jedi Knight. Within the recreated set of the Jedi Council, you can take your rightful place beside the venerable Yoda. Feel the wisdom and presence of this legendary Jedi Master as you share in the solemnity of this sacred chamber.

As the Death Star looms on the horizon, prepare yourself for the impending battle. Stand shoulder to shoulder with your cherished heroes and formidable foes from the epic Star Wars Saga. Here you choose which side of the Force resonates with your spirit as you contemplate your stance during the exhilarating Duel of Fates.

8. Rub shoulders with your favorite celebrities

Of course, no Madame Tussauds location would be complete without plenty of famous celebrities for you to get “up close and personal” with! Feel the rhythm as you duet with the sensational Miley Cyrus or croon alongside Justin Bieber. Strum your way into the hearts of fans as you pick up a guitar and jam with the incomparable Ed Sheeran.

You can also dance the night away next to the charismatic Harry Styles at an exclusive awards ceremony. Or how about perfecting the moonwalk under the watchful eye of the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson? Capture a selfie alongside the ever-charming Will Smith or the radiant Julia Roberts.

Hollywood royalty also graces the scene, with hunks Brad Pitt and  Leonardo DiCaprio adding their star power to the mix. And what would a glamorous awards party be without elegant evening gowns? Strike a pose and have your photo taken alongside the stunning Rihanna, Selena Gomez,  Nicole Kidman, and Angelina Jolie. All these celebrities are here, ready to make your dreams of Hollywood glamour come true.

📍How to get to Madame Tussauds Berlin

Madame Tussauds Berlin is located at Unter den Linden 74, right by the Brandenburg Gate. Using public transport or walking is the easiest way to get there. It’s right by the entrance of the S-Bahn station “Brandenburger Tor” (Brandenburg Gate). S-Bahn lines S1, S2, or S25 all lead to Brandenburg Gate station, as does the U-Bahn (underground line) U55.

You can also catch bus numbers 100, 200, or TXL to Brandenburg Gate station. If you are coming by car you will need to pay for parking nearby, which is why we recommend using public transport to reach Madame Tussauds Berlin!

If you’re ready to experience “Days Like Gold” make sure you book your Madame Tussauds Berlin tickets ahead of time. This exciting three-day Berlin itinerary will also help you plan an amazing trip exploring museums, art galleries, and more.

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