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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
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Hidden gem of the former DDR

Here you see and expire where the east and west germans undtil 1989 had to pass when leaving East Berlin going to West Berlin. Still after so many year you get the crepy feeling... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Odense, Danmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Here you see and expire where the east and west germans undtil 1989 had to pass when leaving East Berlin going to West Berlin. Still after so many year you get the crepy feeling when standing in the box where you had to confirmed your passport, visum etc. Free entrance.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

It covers an aspect of Berlin many don't know about, but there's not too much to see in this museum. If you're in the area it's free, but you won't need to spend more than half an hour here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A nice free trip that really just shows the pain of East and West Germany. It is a good reminder of how dramatic the changes has been. Not a long visit but worth popping in

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This was an absolutely fascinating museum. Not at the top of every museum guide but since it's free and tells an important story do visit. The movement of people from East to West is a very emotional story. These exhibits and artefacts tell this very harrowing story and shine light on this period of German's past.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I was impressed by the realistic approach this memorial gave how it was to stand in the lines/cheakpoints at Friederichstrasse to enter West-Berlin from the DDR. The palace of tears shows the general human touch of the boarder. Defintily hear the telephone''s where people familair with the cheakpoint during the DDR time will make you have tears.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This was so moving. The audio guide is great. It gave a real sense of what it was like to leave friends and relatives behind when leaving for West Berlin.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This little museum is well worth a visit. Very well set out, with audio accounts from people who managed to escape the wall. There are lots of photos and it brings home the adversity that people suffered being on the east side and the heartbreak of those families that were split by the wall. Not the usual type of large,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A must do visit that can take as little as 30 min but for us, we lingered over an hour soaking in the experience of being ripped away from your family by some stupid governmental authority that divided this city. Also great that this museum stays open til 7 pm when most others close at 5 pm or 6 pm-... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

When visiting Berlin for the first time I didn't know much about the separation of East and West. From travelling around Berlin and learning about what went on and the difficulties people faced, this added a part to it that many people wouldn't think about. The pain of saying goodbye to someone, the inspection and integration that families went through,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

This was a really interesting exhibition in the building where people met when travelling to/from east berlin. It's free to visit and lots to read and see.

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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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