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Palace of Tears

Reichstagufer 17 | Mitte, 10117 Berlin, Germany
030 - 46 77 77 9-11
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Ranked #18 of 443 attractions in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums
Activities: Nightlife
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Tel Aviv
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This museum is free to enter, and depicts the cold war life of everyday Berlin. The photos, exhibits and explanations are true to life and present a very grim view of life back then. Not a big museum, about an hour's worth.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We had some difficulty finding this place as it is little to no signage on the building. We were lucky in that while visiting Berlin we had dinner with some distant relatives whom we'd never met, and when we mentioned to them that we could not find this building one of the relatives offered to take us there herself the... More

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Coral Springs, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Fascinating first hand accounts of travels between the East and the West, and the tears that this inevitably caused. Many different recordings and video footage which makes one feel like they were right there at the goodbye. Another well run, clean and organized German museum.

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Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Historical interesting, daily life and travel between the East and West and the sadness of saying goodbye.

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County Down, Northern Ireland
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86 reviews 86 reviews
4 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Went here with very little knowledge of it and came out much wiser and deeply affected by the experience. All museums should be this good.

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

What a place. It's so small for a museum but there's so much information especially if you get the audio guide. Everything here is free including the guide but you do need to leave your passport for the guide and use €1 coins for the lockers (you get these back). The personal stories make this even more worth the visit.... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A symbol of the stubbornness of the Russian controlled East Berlin to be compassionate. Just next to the rail station is a small building which acted as a checkpoint for those crossing to East Berlin once a year for a day to visit family and friends. The rail out of the station crosses a little river which featured in the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This museum is located next to the Frederickstabe train station. It provides personal stories about people who suffered when the Berlin Wall was in place. You can see how people had to be careful about sending packages or travel in and out of East Berlin. The museum is free. You must put your backpack in a locker for 1 Euro.... More

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New York City, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

One of the besr exoerience of our trip.I really enjoyed this exhibition.It is an interesting attraction, because it shows the life of the people who traveled from East to Eest Berlin.Visiting this museum you can imagine the emotions of the prople who were devided from their loved ones, hopeless that they will ever see each other. If you travel to... More

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Buford, Georgia
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36 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This was a grey history lesson for what life was like for the East German people who wanted to go to West Germany. Just the sheer scrutiny fro the East German guards to go visit relatives had to be unbearable. A must see museum to understand what happened during those years under East German Control.

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