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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
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An unexpected surprise - lovely!

I stumbled across this gem wandering around Fredrichstrasse, and had 15 minutes to spare, so decided to check it out. Surprisingly, it was free! Lockers for the bags, clean... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I stumbled across this gem wandering around Fredrichstrasse, and had 15 minutes to spare, so decided to check it out. Surprisingly, it was free! Lockers for the bags, clean toilets (that were also free (!!!). The place itself is amazing, with well presented stories and displays of The Wall and how families were impacted by it. It was quite spooky... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Palace of Tears gives a unique insight, through personal recollections, news footage, archive material and being the actual location of transit from/to West to East Berlin, of what this political imposition meant to families/friends separated for such a long time. A true human face to this inhuman barrier. On the way back to the airport the old East German... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Don't miss Trennenpalast, or, Palace of Tears, so named because during the 28 years of the divided Berlin it was where people from west Berlin returned after visiting their relatives in the east of the city and where people from the east side desperately wanted to stay, if they were privileged enough to be able to visit. The tears were... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So emotional to think all this pain and the tears that family's felt there, I think there is still that feeling in the air.

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Leuven, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tränenpalast is a very good example of how people crossed the border during the times of the Iron Curtain. It's located at Friedrichstrasse and doesn't take up much of your time. Everything is very well documented, great to visit with kids because everything is very visual. There's not too much information, and the exhibition has some really good real life... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was staying in an hotel which was walking distance from the Friedrichstrasse Railway station, where this former German Innengrenze between the DDR and West Berlin is located. It was raining and very easy, despite the modern trappings of the West, to imagine being a westerner crossing to the unachievable destination of West Berlin. The hall is laid out as... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building itself looks very good in the evening with the lights on. The museal part is interesting though conventional. It can be visited quickly, it's free so if you pass by the Freidrichstrasse station, give it a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this place with 3 kids aged between 12 and 8. We were all moved by the video testimonies of people who recounted what it was like to live in a divided city. It was moving but none of the kids was disturbed by the visit. The situation of the museum itself right on the rail border brings to home... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is one of the best surprised Ive had in Berlim. Its free and has a lot of historical videos, testiomonials, listenings and well preserved passport control for USSR. I was amazed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on the recommendation of a friend and were pleased we did. The nearby DDR museum can give one impression of life in the East with its interactive exhibits but this tells the story of how oppressive the regime became. Entry is free and as a previous reviewer recommends get the free audio guide. It is a small museum... More 

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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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