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Berlin Hohenschoenhausen Memorial

Genslerstrasse 66 | Hohenschoenhausen, 13055 Berlin, Germany (Lichtenberg)
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Ranked #13 of 452 Attractions in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I have been there twice. I did the tour by former prisoners who told there story. It is incredible for what reasons they were locked up. Unbelievable that this could take place just a couple of decades ago.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The tour (in German) of Hohenschönhausen prison was surprisingly moving. Our guide was an actual prisoner there during the 1960s and told us about her first-hand experiences at the hands of the Stasi. It's a shameful period of history which tends to get overlooked and it shouldn't be. I came away from the tour feeling moved and with a heightened... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Only found out about this through TA so glad I did. Real pain getting there today as trams all over the place because of roadworks but worth the effort. A 2hour guided tour for only €5 with a guide who knew so much but could raise questions as well as she could answer them. If you want to find out... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Berlin can be pretty depressing and harrowing... the Stazi prison is definitely no exception. However it is definitely worth a visit. It's outside the main tourist bits which adds to the authenticity. The tour was excellent and it is fantastic how well everything has been preserved.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This former Stasi remand prison is an essential visit for anyone seeking to learn more about 20th century German history, and in particular, the reasons for the fall of the GDR in 1989. English language tours are available on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2.30 pm. The tour starts with a video presentation before the guide leads the group... More

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I found this visit very powerful and felt very reflective afterwards about my own privacy and how much I share socially or on the internet. Our guide was very knowledgeable and as a theme put across how dangerous it was to think differently, how East Germany was a surveillance state and how now we are being constantly observed often willingly... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Don't miss this. It's a thoughtful place and it can be very powerful. Our tour guide gave a history and insight into the memorial. The artist did not defined what he meant so it's up to you to interpret.

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Mertola, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

this memorial is just that a place to remember the history not so far from us and not forget what men can do to other persins

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

One of the former prisons of the Stasi, very interesting and shocking tour guided by a former prisoner. Worth a visit, about 30 minutes (car) drive from the centre. Visit Berlin for years, don't know why but never visited this site.

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New Orleans
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Having just returned from a spin through the Baltics, I've now learned that the commemmoration of terror, interrogation and enprisonment has become something of a cottage industry these days. Berlin, Budapest, Vilnius, Riga and Tallin all have these terror "museums" now. That being said, it's certainly worthwhile to visit one of them. The Hohenschoenhausen Prison, however is not the best... More

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