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Berlin Hohenschoenhausen Memorial

Genslerstrasse 66 | Hohenschoenhausen, 13055 Berlin, Germany (Lichtenberg)
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Ranked #11 of 443 attractions in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I honestly think this *the* highlight of my first trip to Berlin. Before visiting, I had embarrassingly little knowledge of the events that took place in Germany after 1945. This place provided a vivid and compelling education. To get there we took a tram from Alexanderplatz to Genslerstrasse. There are signs at the tram stop, but if you look it... More

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Berlin, Germany
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

If you're in Berlin for more than a few days then definitely make time to visit the Stasi prison at Hohenschoenhausen. It was a bit off the beaten track (had to get the U-bahn, a tram and a bus) but they offer an english speaking tour every day at 2.30pm for a few euros. I had read other reviews which... More

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Berlin, Germany
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92 reviews 92 reviews
26 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This place really shows you, what critics and opposition members had to endure in GDR-times, also in the early years when Eastern Germany was ruled by Soviet Russia. Guided tours are given by former inmates - and you are given a very authentic understanding of what life as a political prisoner was like. Still often denied by many former East... More

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Myself and my mum visited Hohenschoenhausen during a 3 day city break to Berlin. I was very interested in going, while my mum was a little unsure. However we decided to go and are so glad we did. It is a bit of a trek outside of the city, but only a 20 minute tram ride from Alexanderplatz with a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

One of the most rewarding and enlightening experiences of our visit to Berlin. We were guided by a young man whose close family member had been imprisoned there and we learnt much about life in east Berlin. The entrance fee is very modest, we added a more substantial donation. You can only access by guided tour so visit the website... More

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Krakow, Poland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Brilliant moving place. Really emotive. So much to learn and read I spent a good amount of time there and learned a lot. It is underground where the museum is and above is a very beautiful maze style memorial too.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It's little way off the beaten track (you will need to take an M5 or M6 tram out from the city centre) and you need to find out about guided tour timings in advance as you can't visit without a tour, but it is well worth the effort. The guides are informative and the prison is an eye-opener. Not for... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Former inmates will guide you through, that makes an impact. Also the trip into the former DDR by tram is quite impressive, since the members of the secret service used to live around there and many descendants still do to this day! The library is full of books telling the not-so-long ago stories of former victims of this system.

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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A must-do for anybody traveling to Berlin. Only recently (until 1989) this was not happening in Europe? Don't be fooled. Take your time and let yourself be guided by original prisoners of the Stasie regime (1,5-2 hours), and see how free we are?!

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New ork
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

It was like traveling back in time. Living in an age that many today can still not understand what and how it happened...

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