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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 449 attractions in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums
Activities: Nightlife
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Winnipeg
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

If you are interested in the DDR history, this is a conveniently and appropriately located small museum that is free and efficiently tells its story. We tagged along on a tour and the guy was excellent, sharing first-hand experiences. I visited Berlin back in those old days, and this museum contained and conveyed much of what I also experienced. Go... More

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Ipswich
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Hadn't realised what people had to go through to visit their friends and relative in the East. Some very moving stories and displays - hard to imagine that this only ended 25 years ago.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I happened to come across the Palace Of Tears by accident I was on my way to Friedrichstrasse station , the building itself is nothing special but the heart ache & emotions which took place here make this a worthwhile visit. Until 1990 8 million travellers had said goodbye to their loved ones . The personal stories related in the... More

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Perth, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This attraction was very engaging and had me wanting to read and learn more. The audio interviews with the people who were effected by the Berlin Wall was very interesting and had me on the verge of tears. The museum is well set up with video footage from past news reels, photographs, journals, artefacts and audio with accompanying video. I... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We took a boat trip rather than travel on foot to see this. It really doesn't look much from the outside but when you realise what you are looking at it will bring a tear to your eye!

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Devon, United Kingdom
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22 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Our visit here was very moving and almost too real to be believed. The exhibits are very well planned and there is a lot of information to make these stories very real. A must for anyone fascinated by the division of Germany.

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Athens, Attiki, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Free entrance, small but quite interesting Museum related to the effort of Easterns to flee to West. Many short documentaries and objects of unofficial dissidents.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Small place by the river. Quite a bit in English to read. Good overall view of how people had to travel from east to west through this building. The room showing films was the best part but kind of hot and stuffy.

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San Mateo,CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Like so many people we have memories of passing through here and it is free to visit now. Just pop in and take a look.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The palace of tears is an excellent insight into how Far East Berliners would go to escape the regime. The displays are well laid out and we'll presented. There are audio and video elements to the display as well as personal descriptions of attempts to pass through the station to the west. We spent around 45-55 mins at the attraction.... More

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