The 8 best escape games in Berlin

About 9 years ago the first escape games were opened in Berlin. In the meantime the capital of Germany offers over 20 officially registered escape games, missions and Exit Rooms. The different providers differ when it comes to the themes, pricing, quality and location. When you are visiting for a short time you probably will not be able to visit all escape games in Berlin and therefore we did some research for you and listed the best games in this article.

What is an escape game?

In 2006 the first escape game was created in Asiai. Shortly after many other countries followed but it took the games a few years to find their way to Europe. The goal of an escape game is to get out of a specific room with some of your friends. You normally get 60 minutes time for this and you have to solve a lot of puzzles and riddles to get closer to the finish-line. In the meanwhile there are a bunch of alternatives to the traditional escape games.

Escape Game Berlin Cat in the Bag
Try to escape within 60 minutes (Photo: Cat in the Bag)

 

 

Exit Rooms and Missions

Besides the traditional Exit Rooms which are described above, there are also plenty of rooms who fit more in the category “complete a mission”. These games are a bit different and do not solely focus on escaping from a room. These missions can anything from detonating a bomb, finding the treasure, getting a secret from a lock or finding out what happened to a specific person. If you love escape games it might be fun to try one of these missions for a change as well. Both escape games and missions are represented in this article so just choose what seems most interesting for you.

Below you can find our selection of the best escape games in Berlin. You can either click on one of the links or scroll down and check all of them out. Let us know if we missed out a great room.

  • 1. Illuminati Escape – Jackpot
  • 2. The Room – Lost Treasure
  • 3. Outopia – Vault 13
  • 4. Exit Game – Madhouse
  • 5. Make a Break – Tear Down this Wall
  • 6. Escape Berlin – Sherlock Holmes
  • 7. Cat in the Bag – Prison
  • 8. Mission Accepted – Secret Service
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    1. Illuminati Escape – Jackpot

    For a long time the Lost Treasure of The Room was our absolute favourite escape game in Berlin. Although we still love that escape room very much, the Jackpot-Room of Illuminati Escape impressed us even more. These escape games can be found in the west of Berlin and the first rooms were opened in November 2017. One of the great things about Illuminati Escape is the creative story behind the rooms: You are helping out a secret organisation who is fighting the Illuminati, who are very close to developing a device which will enable them to dominate the world. You and your friends will be send to different cities all over the world and have to complete all sorts of missions to stop them.

    Illumunati Escape Game in Berlin (© Berlin-Enjoy)
    Illuminati Escape Game in Berlin (© Berlin-Enjoy)

    Casino Mission: Jackpot
    When we got to choose between the different missions of Illuminati Escape, we straight away were enthusiastic about the game in a casino in Macau (China). In that casino a NASA researcher with a gambling-addiction gambled away secret blueprints which are now in the hands of the owners of the casino: The Illuminati. You and your friends have to fly to the casino and retrieve the secret blueprints. You will have to crack all sort of riddles, puzzles and creative tricks to safe the world.

    Illumunati Escape Berlin - Jackpot (© Berlin-Enjoy)
    Illuminati Escape Berlin – Jackpot (© Berlin-Enjoy)

    Currently Illuminati Escape offer 2 rooms: Jackpot and Cyber Attack. In the following year two more rooms will follow and we will definitely will test them as well. The price for playing an escape game here with four people is 100 Euro. If you want to travel to Illuminati Escape, it is probably most easy to walk from the S-bahn stations Tiergarten or Zoologischer Garten. From both of them it is about 15 minutes walk to reach the escape game, which is actually located in a very impressive building with a rich history (ask the people of Illuminati if you are interested in the story).

    Jackpot is the best escape game in Berlin we have played so far. There are so many cool things, technical surprises and wow-moments in this escape game. Besides that you can see that the people behind this room have thought about every small detail and that makes the game even nicer. You have to experience it for yourself because telling you more exact information would ruin the fun for future players.

    Name: Illuminati Escape
    Address: Abbestraße 17
    Public Transport: S-Bahn Tiergarten or Zoologischer Garten
    Amount of escape games: 2
    Languages: English and German
    Price for 4 persons: 100 Euro
    Website: www.illuminati-escape.com/en/

     

     

    2. The Room – Lost Treasure

    When you really want to visit an original and unique escape game in Berlin, you have to visit The Room. This provider can be found in the east of Berlin but I would recommend everybody to invest the time to travel there. The Room offers only 3 escape games but all of them are carefully created and worth a try. Their best game, The Lost Treasure, really blew our mind. It is without a doubt one of the most creative escape rooms in Berlin.

    The Room Lost Treasure
    The Room Lost Treasure

    Escape game: Lost Treasure
    Maintenance workers where repairing a draining pipe under Berlin and discovered the entrance to an unknown facility. They immediately send some workers in but nobody ever heard of them again. Because you and your friends were at the right place at the right time you get a chance to unveil the location’s secrets. Obviously this all has to be done within 60 minutes, otherwise you might also get stuck forever.

    Simply said: This is what escape games should be like! You will have to solve many original riddles and puzzles and find your way to the big treasure. The room is build in such a unique way that you really feel like a treasure hunter. We do not want to ruin any surprises so there is not that much more we can say. Just go and experience it for yourself and let us know if you disagree. Besides The Lost Treasure, The Room also offers two other great escape games which are called Go West and The Beast of Berlin.

    You can reach The Room on foot from station Frankfurter Allee (1,3 km). When this is too much of a walk, you can also decide to take the car because there are plenty of parking spots available. The escape Games currently cost 104 Euro for four people, which is 26€ per Person for a great experience.

    Name: The Room
    Address: Ruschestraße 64-66
    Public Transport: S-Bahn Frankfurter Allee or U-Bahn Magdalenenstraße
    Amount of escape games: 3
    Languages: English and German
    Price for 4 persons: 104 Euro
    Website: www.the-room-berlin.com

     

     

    3. Outopia – Vault 13

    An escape game in Berlin with a very central location is Outopia. This escape room is located inside the Alexa Shopping Mall and therefore you just have to travel to station Jannowitzbrücke or Alexanderplatz and walk 5 minutes. Outopia is relatively new player in Berlin but got a lot of it’s riddles, technology and style from a larger Russian player. The lounge and waiting room are very clean and designed in a stylish way and the personnel was super friendly. A great thing about Outopia is, that you can get a lower price if you come and play on less busy moments. For example: Based on 4 people, a game before 17:00 on weekdays will only cost you 18 Euros a person. In the weekend you will have to pay 25 Euro each. Outopia offers three different rooms and the one we have tried so far is called Vault 13.

    Outopia Berlin Escape Game
    Outopia Berlin Escape Game

    Escape Room: Vault 13
    There has been a nuclear war and you and your friends are the only survivors because you found your way into your shelter (Vault 13) just in time. You have been living there for a very long time but finally got the news that it is safe to get out again. But how is this even possible? The bunker was so well-secured that you and your friends need a lot of creativity to find your way out of the escape room within 60 minutes. One of the awesome things about this escape game in Berlin is the fact that you are actually allowed to break certain things during your escape. In all other escape games in this list this is not allowed and that makes Outopia unique. Vault 13 is definitely an escape room you should go and try out: The setting, riddles and special techniques used are very impressive.

    Name:Outopia Berlin
    Address: Grunerstr. 20, 10179 Berlin
    Public Transport: U-or S-Bahn Alexanderplatz or Jannowitzbrücke
    Amount of escape games: 3
    Languages: English and German
    Price for 4 persons: 72-100 Euro
    Website: www.outopia-berlin.de

     
     

    4. Exit Game – Madhouse

    Also located on a very central location in Berlin, on walking distance of Alexanderplatz, you can find a collection of escape games called Exit Game. These guys were one of the first Escape Games in Berlin, way before some others in this list were opened. If you get a chance to visit Exit Game, you will notice that their process, escape games and setting are very advanced. All escape games are located in a basement, which ensures that you already get into the right mood before you even enter the room. The rooms are decorated and pimped till the last details and you are even able to beat your friends in battle-mode.

    Exit Game Madhouse
    The scary Madhouse of Exit Game (Enjoy-berlin.nl)

    In contrast to the other escape games in this list, Exit Game offers you 66 minutes to escape from the room or finish your mission. All games can be played in both English and German and the price is about 25 Euro per person (depending on the amount of people). Included in the price is a photo with your friends which will be printed so you can take it with you straight away.

    Escape Room: Mad House
    Exit Game is offering 6 different escape games. From Alien Invasion to Game of Crowns and from Secret Prison to Mad House: All have their own interesting story. We played one of their oldest games, the Mad House, and really enjoyed the creativity and detail in the game. The story reminds a bit of the movie Saw because we had to escape from a madman and we would die if we would not make it within 66 minutes. Because the Mad House has several rooms, it was a surprise over and over again when the game was gonna end.

    Name:Exit Game Berlin
    Address: Klosterstraße 62, 10179 Berlijn
    Public Transport: U-Bahn Klosterstraße, Alexanderplatz
    Amount of escape games: 6
    Languages: English and German
    Price for 4 persons: 99 Euro
    Website: www.exit-game.de

     

     

    5. Make a Break – Tear Down this Wall

    Make a Break is an escape game which is located on walking distance from station Frankfurter Allee. The building fit perfectly in the Berliner atmosphere and looks like any other building in the Müggelstraße. This makes the first impression even nicer. Make a Break offers three different rooms and if you want to play with four people, every one has to pay 21€ to escape from a room. The rooms have been designed by professional stage-designers and a lot of pretty unique items can be found in the three rooms which Make a Break is offering. The location is perfect to go have a drink after the escape game by the way: Many clubs and bars are located on walking distance.

    Make a Break Escape Berlin - Tear Down this Wall (© Berlin-Enjoy)
    Make a Break Escape Berlin – Tear Down this Wall (© Berlin-Enjoy)

    Tear down the Berliner Wall
    An escape game which could not be more relevant to the history of Berlin is called Tear Down the Wall. This escape game is directly connected to the separation of east and west-Berlin after the 2nd World War. You and your friends go back to 1989 and have to help the secret service to carry out a secret mission: You have to make a fake call to the east, making sure they open the border for all your comrades. The setup of this escape game in Berlin is unique: The rooms are designed very well and the relevant background-sounds like sirens and people shouting make it ever more real.

    The reason why we did not put Make a Break on a higher position is the fact that most of the riddles and puzzles are quite similar. Compared to the top-three of this list with escape games, there was just a bit more surprising and creative things to complete. This might of course be done on purpose: Back in 1989, there were not many high-tech devices. The other rooms of Make a Break: I have been told that the other rooms (Cyber Attack and Breaking Mad) have more of these kind of challenges.

    Name: Make a Break
    Address: Müggelstraße 8, 10247 Berlin
    Public Transport: Frankfurter Allee
    Amount of escape games: 3
    Languages: English and German
    Price for 4 persons: 84 Euro
    Website: https://www.make-a-break.de

     
     

    6. Escape Berlin – Sherlock Holmes

    Escape Berlin is Europe’s biggest live escape game. On the website you can see that this provider does not only offer escape games, but also some interesting detective-games. Currently Escape Berlin is offering four different games which all have a different setting and storyline. Last year their latest escape room was introduced and can only be played by people older than 18-years: Which sounds pretty excited, doesn’t it?

    Escape Berlin
    Escape Berlin offers several different escape games

    Sherlock Holmes
    Sherlock Holmes is gone. You and your friends get the chance to go into his apartment and find clues about his whereabouts. Will you be able to find out the truth within 60 minutes? You have to solve many different puzzles and riddles and some of them are really fun and inventive. Besides that, some of the attributes in the room are more than 100 years old, which gives the whole setting a very authentic feel. We really enjoyed playing Sherlock Holmes and think it deserves a top-3 position in this list of best escape games in Berlin. The only thing which could be improved a bit would be the storyline itself.

    Escape Berlin is located on walking distance from station Landsberger Allee. This means that it is easy to reach for everybody who stays or lives close to the Ringbahn. The personnel is very friendly and don’t worry if you are a bit early: In the lounge you can find many different mini-puzzles to kill some time. The prices of the rooms of Escape Berlin cost between 99 and 120 euro for four people (depending on the room).

    Name: Escape Berlin
    Address: Storkower Str. 140, 10407 Berlijn
    Public Transport:Landsberger Allee
    Amount of escape games: 3 (soon 4)
    Languages: English and German
    Proce for 4 persons: 99-120 Euro
    Website: www.escape-berlin.de

     
     

    7. Cat in the Bag – Prison

    Cat in the Bag is an escape game in the north of Berlin and offers three exciting escape games right now. The games are created by a friendly couple who you also might meet if you decide to visit this escape game. The rooms are designed with care and the riddles and puzzles are both challenging and fun. A cool thing about Cat in the Bag is also that you are able to surprise someone: On the website you can find more information about something called “a romantic rendezvous”. This means that your partner or friend will find a ring or present in the end of the escape game. A very original way to surprise one of your loved ones.

    Escape Game Berlin Cat in the Bag
    Some items from the prison of Cat in the Bag

    Escape Game: Prison
    The prison is one of the more traditional escape games in this list. In contrast to detonating bombs or finding out what happened to Sherlock Holmes, you have to get the hell out of a room before you will be locked for life. This escape game is especially fun with a group of people because in the beginning you will be split up into two rooms. Although you are not in the same room you have to cooperate and find your way out of this mess. If you want more information about Cat in the Bag and the Prison, you can read our full article of last year.

    Name: Cat in the Bag
    Address: Chausseestraße 15, 10115 Berlijn
    Public Transport: U-Bahn Naturkundemuseum
    Amount of escape games: 3 (soon 4)
    Languages: English and German
    Price for 4 persons: 88 Euro
    Website: www.catinthebag.de

     
     

    8. Mission Accepted – Secret Service

    Where most escape games in Berlin focus on escaping a room, Mission Accepted specialised in all sorts of missions. The good thing is, that missions can be a wide range of things, so instead of searching for keys it can also be that you have to detonate a bomb or hack into a computer to save someones life. Missions just give creators of rooms way more opportunities to surprise their visitors and come up with the more versatile storylines.

    Mission Accepted in Charlottenburg
    Mission Accepted in Charlottenburg (© mission-accepted.de/)

    Mission Accepted is located a bit further in the west of Berlin, inside the Europa Center in Charlottenburg. This location can be easily combined with visiting the Gedächtniskirche or enjoying a nice afternoon of shopping in Berlin. Right now Mission Accepted has been around for about 2,5 years and this provider is offering 4 escape games as we speak.

    Missie: Secret Service
    In this mission you have to help out a woman who found out secret information about a bomb which is going to explode in the building of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND). Shortly before she was arrested, she managed to leave some hints in her office and you and your friends have to go in there and solve this mystery. Who was in charge of this evil plan? Can you still stop the bomb from exploding? Secret Service is an exciting mission in which you will have to solve many challenging puzzles.

    Both Mission Accepted and Cat in the Bag are quite a lot cheaper than the other Escape Games in this list.

    Name: Mission Accepted
    Address: Tauentzienstraße 9-12, 10789 Berlijn
    Public Transport: U-Bahn Wittenbergplatz
    Amount of escape games: 6
    Languages: English and German
    Price for 4 persons: 84 Euro
    Website: www.mission-accepted.de

     

     

    Tip: Want to play escape games at home?

    Do you wanna play an escape game with your friends at home? Some of you might not live in a big city like Berlin or maybe you just like to stay at home on a rainy day? You can order an escape game and play it home. Obviously it is not the same experience as the ones listed above, but the prices are very reasonable (starting from 10 Euro here at Amazon). The rules of the game are similar to the real escape games and you also have to solve puzzles and riddles together with your friends. Keep in mind that you can only play the game once, but that would still be very cheap if you play it with 4 persons. If you want to buy one of these games you can click the link below.

    Click here to buy an Escape Game for home!

    The author: Job

    My Name is Job and originally from the Netherlands. In 2012, a girl I met in Australia motivated me to move to Berlin. I love to share the best places, activities and events in Berlin with you on my blog.

    14 Comments

    • It is Illuminati Escape…not Illumunati. And it’s The Lost Treasure at THE ROOM and not national treasure. There is a game called national treasury in Berlin which is one of the worst….

    • Hi! We are coming to visit Berlin for a few days, but none of us speak German. Which room(s) would you recommend for English-only speakers? I’ve done 7 rooms across the USA, so familiar with the process… but not the language. Thanks!

      • Hey Diana,

        in the article we have written which languages the escape-rooms are offering.

        So as long as it says “English” it should be fine.

        Have fun!

    • Hi Job,

      have you tried Make a Break’s “Tear Down This Wall”, a history inspired mission in which you have to find your way from East Berlin to West Berlin? Really cool mission, recently renovated and really Berlin-esque.

      http://www.make-a-break.de

      Best

      Matt

    • Hi Job,
      looks like you missed the new one in Charlottenburg which has nice rooms:
      Illuminati Escape (www.illuminati-escape.com)
      The opened end of 2017 and are new on the market but have one story that combines all of their rooms.
      I have played Cyber Attack there – that was amazing 🙂

      • Hi,
        agree with Kane – lots of new nice Escape Games in Berlin. Also have been at Illuminati Escape – the Jackpot Room was really great. The new VR game Huxley also is lots of fun 🙂

        Michael

      • Hey Michael,

        Thanks a lot. We are actually planning to visit that escape games in the next weeks. So maybe you will see an update here soon.

        Have a nice weekend!

    • Hi Job,

      Thanks for the valuable list. Do you know any websites that collect escape room reviews so I can see which ones there are in Berlin and how they are rated (except for TripAdvisor)?

      Thanks,

      Jasper

      • Hi Jasper,

        thanks for your comment.

        Besides tripadvisor I do not know any website who is offering such a thing.

        But I can guarantee that you will like the first one in this list. Make sure you do National Treasure.

        Best wishes!

      • Hi Svenny,

        thanks for your comment.

        We really enjoyed Sherlock Holmes. The small tasks we had to complete were pretty unique.

        But I guess everybody has its own favorites.

        Have a nice weekend!

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