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Palace of Tears

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Address: Reichstagufer 17 | Mitte, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: 030 - 46 77 77 9-11
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Nightlife
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Simple, unassuming and very moving

I picked up a leaflet and went to see this by chance. It was incredibly moving and very well presented. Free of charge too

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I picked up a leaflet and went to see this by chance. It was incredibly moving and very well presented. Free of charge too

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Heraklion, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Took its name from the people crying over parting from each other. Next to Friedrichstrasse this is the meeting point where people went from the one side of Berlin to the other. It looks like immigration from a different country and it was very strict to pass the borders. A tearful taste of history worth the visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Went with family- two teenage lads who learned a lot as did I. Well laid out and educational but also very personnel exhibits which made it all the moving, found it by chance at its not that well advertised.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I honestly almost missed this hidden gem ,it was everything a nerd like myself wants ,I will say it seems to be the place students from a lot of European countries visit ,the tour guides I found extremely well spoken and were a wealth of knowledge , worth a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We added this in as a late substitute with a party of teenage students and it was an excellent move. Ok so the city is brimming with museums, many of which put this small scale display in the shade, but it was outstanding. We booked a tour guide who excelled and I could therefore only recommend that small parties use... More 

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Craig, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

I think this would have been much more impressive if I had not just come directly from the amazing DDR Museum. The displays at Tränenpalast are certainly moving – blocks from the Wall, security documents, the checkpoint kiosk, and so on. But much of it is presented in a more traditional museum format, behind displays and protected, and so the... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

If you don't go there with a guide to understand what you see then don't bother at all. If you do you will know why it's beathtaking. Chapeau to the artist Dani Karavan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Lot of great displays with good information and cool objects. Took me about 45 minutes to walk through. And it's free, which is awesome. Would recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is a very interesting free museum about the Berlin Wall by the TV tower which I didn't even realise existed until brought to our attention by our guide Maria on the Insider Tour Berlin of the Cold War. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This one building manages to encapsulate the tremendous emotions behind the East/West split. Simply presented displays give a real insight into the realities of life in a divided city only a generation or so ago. Do visit. The fact that you are standing in the actual building adds to the emotion; it's not hard to picture yourself forced into such... More 

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Staying in Mitte

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The center of Berlin, Mitte is most famous for sights like the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Museum Island. The central location makes this one of the city's most expensive places to live. It is here the oldest traces of the city can be found, and evidence of some significant transformations, as well. The gangsters that once ruled the impoverished streets between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt have given way to an international crowd pursuing fashionable designer clothes, the newest food trends and frequenting the many craft shops. Graphic designers have taken up residence in what used to be backyard barns and stables. There are still vestiges of the old days, however. The occasional housing complex is a reminder of the neighborhood’s past. And if you look carefully, an old 1920s ball house nestled amongst the art galleries and exhibitions of Auguststrasse can still teach you how to dance the old fashioned way.
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