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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
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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We went to the Palace of Tours when in Berlin, I thought it was much better set up than Check Point Charlie. There were displays, model, and pictures with memorabilia. The museum... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Vernon, Canada

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We went to the Palace of Tours when in Berlin, I thought it was much better set up than Check Point Charlie. There were displays, model, and pictures with memorabilia. The museum is free and a manageable size with English information in reasonable amount. You could easily relate to what it was like to live in East Berlin behind the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Absolutely loved my time at the palace of tears. The history is incredibly fascinating and the exhibition tells great stories of those crossing the border from east to west. Very interactive and informative, free audio guides upon leaving photo id. Would definitely recommend

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is a small museum, so our visit was greatly affected by many school groups of teens blocking our ways, and crowding the whole place. Our touring time probably doubled because of this. The articles and exhibitions are good, giving you a good picture what it was like during the cold war. You have to leave your bags, umbrella and... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I saw this building from the outside only during our Cold War walking tour. It felt emotional even from the outside. I think the emotions have swamped the building and all those tears and good byes over the years have become part of the structure. So sad and so worth understanding as a part of our history.

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I'd been told by another tourist to visit this place (it has existed for about 3 years) + exhibition. It's for free and the quality is really high. I spent more than two hours looking at the pictures, listening to the stories of witnesses etc. (it's good to know English or German well if you want to get the most... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I visited Berlin once before, in August 1985. At that time, the city, like Germany, was divided between Communist East & capitalist West. I was staying in the West, and one day, I decided to make a day visit to the East. This "Palace" was the checkpoint I went through when entering & exiting East Berlin. To say the least,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This was very sad to see the stories of those who fled the East, those who said good bye to their families, those killed trying, and when the wall came down. The videos bring tears to your eyes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

A mix of photos text and objects, not as boring as some museums but is quite small. Doesn't cost anything though so if you have a free hour or so and an interest in east Berlin, I'd say pay a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Don't miss this. Very moving and great real family stories. Easy to get to and you could easily spend a few hours here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We only found out about this museum through chatting with some British guests at our hotel. we were only two minutes walk from it. It is a moment frozen in time as at the fall of the wall and is spellbinding. Some of the story depictions are amazing.

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Address: 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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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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