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Address: Reichstagufer 17 | Mitte, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: 030 - 46 77 77 9-11
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This is one of the most evocative reminders of the Cold War in Berlin. The building is plain but the exhibits, especially the desks for the border checks with doors and mirrors... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2015
West Sussex, United Kingdom

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 NEW

This is the checkpoint at which East and West Germany residents used to come to see off their families; The West was the light and the East was the wall. The families often had to be checked thoroughly by the East officers, the check point boots are still available at this place for visitors, together with items such as USSR... More 

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most evocative reminders of the Cold War in Berlin. The building is plain but the exhibits, especially the desks for the border checks with doors and mirrors, give a sense of how fearful and threatening the East German state became.

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Wilmette, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

The subject of communist Germany is fascinating. This FREE museum located adjacent to the Freiderichstrasse gives another perspective of how families separated by the division had to cope if they wanted to meet. It wasn't easy and really an awful struggle. Small size makes going through this an easier swallow than Berlin's other ginorm-useums.. Also meaningful is the museum's precise... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

This exhibition provides insights into personal stories and how the regime of the DDR was operating. You can borrow a headset or just read the texts next to the objects with are both in German and English. What is particularly impressive is that the venue is the original venue where people departed and a lot of personal tragedies happened. It's... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This small museum was tasteful and not overstated but still delivered a strong message and lots of information on the effect the Division of Germany and Berlin had on ordinary people. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

One of the finest museums to visit in Berlin to capture the mood and context of the Cold War. I have recommended this to many friends a a must see on a first trip to Berlin (along with the Wall Museum), and is much more informative IMO than the higher profile recommendations that seem more intent of presentation over content.... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Understand the life in the divided city and divided families. This was the border crossing between east and west Berlin situated in the Friderichstasse Railway Station. Understand how this station was divided between east and west and what humiliations the citizens of both sides had to accept in order to cross to the other side. Live a border check in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This museum is set in part of the Friederichsstrasse Train station, it was the entry and exit point between East and West Berlin where people could go through to visit their relatives, all strictly monitored, when the Berlin Wall was in existence. The museum is well set out and they have a lot of actual exhibits there for you to... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

A very interesting exhibition, you can even download an app to guide you through it. I wish I knew German though, think it would make it even better. Prepare 1€ or 2€ coins for the lockers.

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San Gwann, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

A very interesting display plus the fact that you are standing in the actual station. A good visit, especially since it is free

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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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