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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 476 Attractions in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Nightlife
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San Francisco, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This is a great free museum which really chronicles the life of east and west Berliners and how it affected their everyday life. If you like to read every little placard in an exhibit, this is the place for you. For anyone not familiar of all the history concerning the erection of the wall, this would be a good idea... More

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Bruce-Grey, Ontario
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

We visited several museums and memorials during our weekend visit to Berlin and by far this was the best. Very moving exhibit on the Berlin wall and the division between citizens. Make sure you get the free audioguide! Best audio guide I have seen yet ... provides just the right amount of information, not too overwhelming. Free admission as well.... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

The Palace of Tears really gives you a perspective of both the physical and the emotional barrier that was erected between East and West Berlin.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is an exhibition about the station and its border controls. It demonstrates how strict guidelines the border staff followed to ensure this living in East Berlin didn't try to escape. Very moving.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I liked that the germans with the exhibition are willing to tell us visitors the madness of a divided city.

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Rockland County, NY
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18 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This free museum highlights emotions and experiences that people went through to cross the border from East to West Germany. You can listen to people's stories, view short videos and walk through a model of the Passport Control. Most everything has English descriptions. The museum is very well done and small enough to absorb everything. The museum is a little... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Museum is in a building that was once part of Friedrichstrasse Station. Totally free including the headphones (photo ID needed). Part f the museum shows news coverage of incidents with both East & West German commentary, this alone is worth the visit.

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Really interesting to read about what East Germans did after having left East Germany when they could in the late 1950s and then going back post 1989. Quite a small exhibition, but good for a couple of hours. Very fussy about taking bags in - lockers are provided free of charge.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

*NOTE* this is at friedrichstrasse station- we spent a while looking for this! an excellent museum, explaining more about the history of berlin than we had learned from the rest of the week. videos showing same events in east vs west berlin, personal accounts etc, very realistic. thoroughly worthwhile

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Cologne, Germany
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21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This museum is quite small and can be visited in under an hour. There are lots of exhibits depicting the life during the wall and the ideology of both sides of Germany. The museum is at a historic place and thus has a very authentic feeling to it. The exposition is more about the everyday life and the separation of... More

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