Leave the sunlight. Look away from the river. Step quickly inside the history of dying before you loose your nerve. Definitely ignore the prominent safety warnings and climb past the old medical devices, diseased wax faces and iron lungs, all the way up to the building’s top floor where you’ll be surrounded by 750 beautifully collected and terrifying objects. This is the Berlin Museum of Medical History.
Started by the pathologist Rudolf Virchow and only partially surviving the war, in this echoing top floor room you’ll find siamese babies in glass jars, preserved ovaries and fallopian tubes spread out like pinned butterflies behind glass, deformed giant skulls and elephantitis feet floating in formaldehyde.
No fake spider-webs or witches hats, just a genuinely terrifying space, both moving and beautiful: it’s death laid bare. My favourite of death's objects is a preserved piece of skin tattooed with a pin-up, which is so full of life that it brings the surrounding fatalities into stark relief. Happy Halloween!