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Palace of Tears

Reichstagufer 17 | Mitte, 10117 Berlin, Germany
030 - 46 77 77 9-11
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Ranked #17 of 432 attractions in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums
Activities: Nightlife
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

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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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Very emotional and very insightful into what happened to the real people of Berlin. Good translations into English and being right outside the station gives you a real appreciation of what was happening to the people at that time

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

You need a guide or some background knowledge re this tour stop as this will enhance your visit but even without this itt is very interesting and moving to read all the stories and experiences inside It is hard to imagine a life like that when you see Berlin today.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Must do!!! One of the best museums I've seen in EU. Really hands on and easy to follow as an English speaker. The free Audio guide is fantastic!!

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Canmore, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Walked past this several times as the name on the building is neither "tranenpalast" nor "palace of tears"! Not clear why I would need a passport to borrow one of the audio guides, I certainly didn't need one in the museums on museum island. The exhibits are pretty self explanatory though and I really felt I learned a lot.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

another tragic story but amazing history this is where east Germans said goodbye to visitors going back to west Germany from 1962 to 1989 it was the border crossing for travellers, hence called palace of tears.....sad place but a must see

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