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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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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Nightlife

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Impressive ehibition about the former boarder in city

First of all: it is free of charge! Especially for young people who have no idea of the divided city there are some interesting stories to read and see (yes....they have some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Berlin, Germany
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147 reviews 147 reviews
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

First of all: it is free of charge! Especially for young people who have no idea of the divided city there are some interesting stories to read and see (yes....they have some films running). Most scary for me was going through the little boxes where they once checked your passports when going back from East-Berlin to West-Berlin. It is well... More 

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denmark
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Relatively quick way to get a good sense for what it was like to live in Berlin before, during and just after the Wall.

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Lancaster
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This was a fantastic museum, filled with what I like to call genuine history! There were artefacts from the ugly Wall era, with the stories of normal people living their lives behind the iron curtain. It made it very real! What was particularly interesting was the montage of news reels, spread over about 10 minutes. These news reels were from... More 

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Managua, Nicaragua
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

By the time I got to this simple, accessible museum I was a bit burned out on 'Berlin wall' stories and touristic attractions. But this is easy to view, with nice simple displays and it is close to the big Friedrichstrasse railway station and in a good location for food, access to other things and so on. The setting is... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

It's not the easiest museum to find but it was worth the effort. We visited with our 17 and 13 year old children and both of them seemed happy to spend an hour or so looking around and watching the video interviews - translated into English - of the people who fled to the West. No charge to enter the... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Again, one of the best museums in Europe. Right in the center of the city, worth the fee. Very interesting presentation of life in DDR. Photography that is captured is striking and moving. Stories of people who had been through the WW2, then living in DDR. You maybe need hour and a half to read everything so it was very... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This museum is next to Friedrichstrasse station, which was the station dividing East and West Berlin. Thus, the museum was the former waiting hall/security checks for passengers travelling between the border. The interior hasn't been changed, which makes it very powerful by giving you a feel for what it would have been like. There is a good balance of information... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This museum is in the building where families met and parted traveling between East and West. With original furniture, doors etc it creates an atmosphere that helps to place the visitor in those chilling times. Loads of stories and photos a visit here adds another dimension to this complex city's history. Well laid out and fairly compact I would recommend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

no words really, go there and look and read about the sad history for the people of berlin in the time they had to live with the wall

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Rovinj, Croatia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

If yiou are interested in the Nazi rezime, holocaust this is a place you must visit. It is also a part of the hop on hop off bus tour. In this free museum you can see all the information about the life in the Nazi period.. Though very touching to read about all the stuff they did to Gews.

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Mitte
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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