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Palace of Tears

Address: Reichstagufer 17 | Mitte, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: 030 - 46 77 77 9-11
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Ranked #14 of 405 Attractions in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Nightlife
Attraction details
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Nightlife
Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Very small but perfectly placed museum telling the story of those caught up in the East vs West times. Free Audio tour gives all the stories and experiences witnessed by those who had their lives separated by the Berlin Wall

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Higham Ferrers, United Kingdom
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143 reviews 143 reviews
57 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Have been passed this location on many occasions without knowing what was inside. It is so worth a visit if you are at all interested in the Berlin Wall or the story of the Cold War. Personal stories from residents complete with films, pictures and real artefacts. Also explains the part Friedrichstrasse Station played in the border crossing. Plus its... More 

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46 reviews 46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is a museum I would not have found if it were not for TA. It is very sombre and absorbing to read about the exhibits, and watch the news reels. I am delighted that we found it, and would consider it a 'must see'. Another excellent free attraction in Berlin.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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98 reviews 98 reviews
30 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

this is a great little exhibit and it's good that they made it free. The video interviews with people who lived through the years of the wall are touching and a reminder of how different Berlin used to be. A really interesting place full of history and stories.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a very small museum over the border control office between West and East Berlin. It is a cruel world that is displayed for you with so many personal stories of families divided and people trying to escape Eastern Germany. It filled my eyes with tears. It is a lecture in modern day history, and a very good one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Das "Tränenpalast" i.e "Palace of Tears" looks very little and quiet from the outside but it is one of the most touching museums in Berlin: it is authentic, well made and interesting. None of the somewhat annoying feel of a "DDR-fun fair" that exists to some extent at the DDR-Museum is around this museum. Just a quiet walk among a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you're in the area this small museum is well worth the visit. It has a lot of information and first account stories from the duration of the Berlin wall. It gives you a real insight into the events that happened and the lives of all affected. We spent a good hour and a half in here and even better,... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This is quite an absorbing and detailed record of aspects of life in the GDR and specifically the border crossing at Friedrichstrasse station. The information panels are dual German/English language and there are plenty of personal testimonies, which helps strengthen the impact of the exhibit and tells a very human story. It's free as well, which is good.

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Wuppertal, Germany
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Another museum I found by reading trip advisor reviews. This is a must and it is free. Get an audio guide and listen to everything. Take your time and engulf yourself in this history. What an eye opening experience for me into the history of Germany and Berlin. Another must go place.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

So much history in Berlin but this is more contemporary, giving insight to life in the not so distant past. A must visit to understand and gain appreciation of human struggles for a better life.

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