Berlin's illuminating 'secret' museum

A gas lamp at dusk in Tiergarten's gas light museum

There's something of a paradox regarding one of Berlin's loveliest museums: as well as being one of the city's most visited, it's also among the least well known.

Puzzled? Although the Gas Lamp Museum (Gaslaternen-Freilichtmuseum) occupies a prime position on the edge of Berlin's Tiergarten park, many visitors - and indeed locals - don't realise that the avenue of historic gas lanterns constitutes a collection at all.

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A labelled gas lamp in Berlin's Tiergarten

Look closely, however, and you'll see that each lamp-post is labelled with its origin and date, and with more than 90 examples from all over Europe showing the evolution of this most beautiful form of street lighting, it's one of the greatest displays of its kind.

Arrive at dusk and watch as the golden glow turns this unlikely museum space into one of Berlin's most magical locations.

Gas lamps in Tiergarten's gas light museum
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Tiergarten's biergartens
Gaslit Berlin

Gaslaternen-Freilichtmuseum Berlin Stra├če des 17. Juni / Corner Klopstockstra├če 10557 Berlin


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