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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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Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Guildford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This tribute was spot on, and a peaceful place in the midst of commercial tourism. When you've finished at the Gate, walk on down towards the Rheistag where it is.

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Trondheim
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This building is still in the same shape and has a free exhibition about its function. A must for those who are interested in this part of history. It is right behind Friedrichstrasse station.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This was something I'm glad I've done and very moving. Like most things in Berlin, it is well organised and staff are efficient and well trained.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

went here on our way back into town as our visit to berlin dom got cancelled and we had a spare couple of hours in our schedule. this place is fascinating and give a real insight into life in the divided city. what's more, it's free, as is the audio guide. right next to friederichstrasse s bahn station.well worth a... More 

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North Berwick Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Wonderful free museum worthy of a long visit in spite of its small size. Moving testimony from those who experienced the heartlessness of splitting families and a city. Note: Visitors are required to stow All BAGS in refundable lockers.

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Great review of the history of the division between E and W Berlin and how the families had to deal. Berlin is top-grade when it comes to museums, and I found the layout and exhibits very interactive. It was free as well!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Visited the Palace of Tears one week ago, when a friend invited me to go there. I had never heard of it nor been there before. It was a pleasant surpise! I learned many things I didn't know yet about the Berlin Wall and the travels between East & West. The set-up of the museum is brilliant, since it is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I really enjoyed the exhibit about the West/East Berlin border at the Palace of Tears. I enjoyed reading the stories and viewing the artifacts from the era. It is presented well in a large, spacious historical facility. Although there were many visitors, it wasn't overcrowded with camera-toting tourists.

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Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This building holds a lot of memories for Berliners and now houses a museum which explains how people (mostly west Berliners) could cross the boarder. You can read the plaques or access audio guides using QR codes and your cell phone. The exhibits themselves are OK but nothing spectacular. If you have 30 minutes to kill it's fine. And it's... More 

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Mitte
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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