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Palace of Tears

Reichstagufer 17 | Mitte, 10117 Berlin, Germany
030 - 46 77 77 9-11
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Ranked #16 of 461 Attractions in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Activities: Nightlife
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This free exhibition is a must see in Berlin if you are interested in the history of the effect of the Berlin Wall. Very moving to read all about the peoples' stories and how the wall affected them, with artefacts from the period.

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NYC area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

This small exhibit shows how the Wall divided a city, family, and friends and explains how a train station was used to allow those divided to see each other from time to time. Doesn't take a lot of time but an interesting and moving exhibit.

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Krnov, Moravskoslezsky Kraj, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Palace of Tears can be found a few steps beside Friedrichstraße station, that was major border crossing between East and West Berlin. Museum is located directly in the building where the custom/passport procedures took the place... When observing the small cabins where all the procedures were proceeded, you will be deeply affected by the atmosphere of that odd times.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Here is how to make a great museum with limited space. Engaging exhibits, that are informative. Use of films and interaction. Art direction that puts you into the moment. I came out learning so much more than when I came in. It put the Palace of Tears into the context of the Cold War, East and West Berlin, Communism vs... More

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Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were surprised that this historically significant site isn't really mentioned that much in the tourist information that we had. It is based at the Friedrich Strasse railway station and was the point at which those passing from east to west were checked. There are some brilliant video interviews with people who were actually involved and some are harrowing. It... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This was an interesting part of cold war history I had not known. There are a lot of stories of families torn apart by the wall.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I toured the Palace of Tears and was impressed by the displays and collections of Cold War East Berlin artifacts. These items include personal possessions and ephemera specific to the people and the period from 1961-1989. The building, a former transit station checkpoint between East and West Berlin, has been carefully crafted so as to allow visitors to experience what... More

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The exhibition is not large but what it lacks in size it makes up for in telling the history of the transfer area from east / west. The exhibition was extensive and whilst not all was in English it was displayed in such a way that it was easy to understand. Take the time to view the short film, it's... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is one of the top attractions Berlin has to offer for those interested in the tragic history of Germany. A museum situated in what used to be the "immigration control" of the inner-German border, the place is small but has a mind-boggling amount of information about the rotten East German regime and its history. Following the great audio tour,... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Tucked away behind Friedrichstrasse station, this great little museum is dedicated to telling the stories of everyday Berliners who moved between east and west - some with no hope of return. You'll also get a taste of the process involved in crossing the border. The artifacts and belongings on display tell a much more complete (if much more somber and... More

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