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Topography of Terror

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Address: Niederkirchnerstrasse 8, 10963 Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: 030-254509-50
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Since 1987 a permanent exhibition at the site where the headquarters of the...

Since 1987 a permanent exhibition at the site where the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office were located during the “Third Reich” has been providing information to the public about the most important institutions of National Socialist persecution and terror. The documentary exhibition conveys the European dimensions of the Nazi reign of terror.

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the highlight of berlin

the topography of terror was one of the highlights of our week in berlin, thanks to an extremely intelligent, charismatic guide, tommaso speccher. it was a pity we stumbled onto... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a horrible history but needed to be seen! The thought of the organized terror is unimaginable. It's history, but really worth for younger generation to understand how far we have come.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

the topography of terror was one of the highlights of our week in berlin, thanks to an extremely intelligent, charismatic guide, tommaso speccher. it was a pity we stumbled onto the museum and tommaso only on our last day in the city because we learned that he guides at the jewish museum as well as other sites. had we only... More 

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Ennis, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

In a strange way this detailed, unspectacular and graphic account of the darkest period in German history stayed with me much more than all the sights of the city including the memorials to oppression and genocide. On a dark cold Saturday evening we experienced almost in silence a detailed picture of how the Nazis too over the politics and minds... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place will give you chills as it takes you back in time to the dark era of Nazi terror. Easy to find and open till around 8pm. Admission is free of charge.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The walled section is probably not the best example and the remains ot the ss building cells isn't overly impressive. The museum is the jewel in the crown. It depicts the history of the German military,its generals and the atrocities it committed on the unfortunate people that were deemed inferior. You could spend hours here ,there's lots of information to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very moving and eye opening exhibition depicting the horrors and atrocities that occurred at the hands of the Nazi's.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Topography Of Terror is well laid out and spacious, like many other places - free. A photographic account of the Nazi party and the suffering to innocent humans caused by them. This museum is informative, honest and somewhat upsetting. Built on the grounds of the former Gestapo HQ with part of the Berlin Wall to the front.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent a few hours here walking round the exhibition and reading about the history and politics of the city during a terrible time. it was informative and as it grew dark outside became atmospheric. We walked along the remains of the frontage of the street, and in front of the wall. The whole site is monochrome, very stark and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was probably my favourite site that I visited, so full of intriguing history. An emotional but worthwhile experience and for free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very interesting museum, plenty to see & read about. Gave a much wider insight into the Holocaust and not just the main events that are well known.

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