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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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This shows a different aspect of life with the wall and was really interesting. It is free to enter and you only need about 30 minutes to see everything. It is a must-see in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This shows a different aspect of life with the wall and was really interesting. It is free to enter and you only need about 30 minutes to see everything. It is a must-see in Berlin.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

You got a great feel for how traumatic it was for the Berliners being separated by the wall and then having to part at the railway station

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Surrey, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

It would be imposible to give the post wall tourist a view into the old regime. However, for those that remember the wall, the attraction of the Palace of tears will show you things you encountered when the wall was up. I finally saw what was in the suitcase of the train guards. I totally remembered the weird checkpoint crossing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Walking into this building takes you back to an era that I simply cannot begin to imagine. Seeing the checkpoints and the images was very moving. Being able to be in this space was important and serves as a valuable reminder. Make sure you go and don't forget.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This exhibit gives you a good idea of what it was like to try to move between East and West Germany, especially if you had family on the other side. Needless to say it wasn't easy. A few first hand accounts that are heroic and heartbreaking as people left everything behind to try and escape. By the time you reach... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The stories conveyed by the exhibits at Berlin's Tränenpalast are sad, but they are worth telling to illustrate how relatives and friends in the two Germanys were able to visit one another via the Friedrichstrasse train station during the existence of the Berlin Wall. I explored the museum with a friend who lives in East Berlin and whose childhood stories... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Found it to be a very well organised display and well laid out museum, Extremley interesting and in a greta relevant location, well worth a visit. And its Free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

This site is not to be missed. It depicts the harsh reality that was life in Berlin during this time. Very easy to find off the Friedrichstraße station.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is a great place to visit for both the history and to get a feel of the actual experience of what it meant to families living in post war berlin.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I think we went in to get out of the rain, but are we pleased we did! Take the free headsets to understand what this place meant during the Soviet occupation. One of the highlights of our visits.

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Address: Reichstagufer 17 | Mitte, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: 030 - 46 77 77 9-11
Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Berlin>  > Mitte
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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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