Closed until further notice

The “Gürtelpeiler”, a wearable radio signal interceptor

Seeking to surprise enemy agents during Wolrd War Two, the German police developed a radio direction finder that was small enough to be worn around a persons’ midriff. After it had proven successful, the Gürtelpeiler was provided to all German intelligence organizations.


Photo snaiper

The “photo snaiper” – precision long-distance photography Spies nearly always need to take photographs, and sometimes from very difficult positions, either close up or from a distance. Seeking to enable agents to conduct long-distance surveillance operations, the Soviet company KMZ (Krasnogorsker Mechanikfabrik) developed an exceptional long-range camera: the Photo Snaiper. Based close to Moscow, the


Bulgarian umbrella

The “Bulgarian umbrella” – examining the theory of a spectacular murder Poisoned in London on 7 September 1978, the Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov told the doctors treating him that he believed he had been poisoned by the KGB, mentioning a man with an umbrella. Surgeons found a tiny projectile in Markov’s thigh, from which the


Observation complex

Pinhole objective and binocular viewer as the tools of the trade in a Romeo and honey trap This was the equipment used by the Stasi in the 1980s to keep tabs on goings-on in closed rooms. Enabling operatives to view proceedings from an adjoining room, the East German security services were able to spy on



An encryption device for Stasi operatives abroad Stasi agents abroad used this encryption device to send coded messages to their superiors in East Berlin. The most well-known user of such a device was the West German Rainer Rupp (codename Topas) who spied for the East Germans at NATO Headquarters in Brussels between 1977 and 1989.

Enigma des Deutschen Spionagemuseum


Enigma – the name covering a thousand riddles Enigma is perhaps the best-known encryption machine of the Second World War. Derived from the Ancient Greek word for “riddle” (and not “secret” as is often claimed) it served as the name for a range of different machine versions. Developed in 1918 by the German engineer Arthur