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Museum in der Runden Ecke (Museum in the Round Corner)

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Address: Dittrichring 24 | North of Thomaskirche, 04003 Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
Phone Number: +49 341 961 24 43
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Description: Original office of the secret police. The building now presents these...
Original office of the secret police. The building now presents these police documents and their surveillance equipment to the public.
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Scary!

Watch the inhumanity and facelessness of a system more interested in tracking its citizens than in developing the society.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
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Oslo, Norway
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Oslo, Norway
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Watch the inhumanity and facelessness of a system more interested in tracking its citizens than in developing the society.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Excellent museum that really helps you have a better understanding of life under surveillance. This former Stasi headquarters has been left to look the way it did 25 years ago. They say even the smell is the same. All the exhibits are in German, but you can rent an audio guide for 4 Euros each if you leave an ID... More 

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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Before visiting I had no idea the extent of the Stasi intrusion into the lives of the ordinary people, even school children. Every piece of mail was intercepted and 36 million marks were stolen. To get the full story an audio device is a must, I left there thankful for the freedom that we in the west enjoy.

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Romanel, Switzerland
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

If you aren't fluent in German take an audio guide or you won't get the most from your visit. It is spine chilling to realise until when the secret police were in place and the extents to which they went. There is information about various aspects from the recruiting of school children to the disguises the spies wore. It makes... More 

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Perth
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

If you've read Anna Funders Magic book, Stasiland, you will know this museum, if not, read it and go. This is the original home of the Stasi in Leipzig and shows in graphic detail not only what they were up to, but also, just how stupid it all was, right down to the wigs and smell collections. Must see.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This museum, which formerly functioned as the Leibzig STASI HQ, has a variety of exhibits both devoted to the work of the DDR secret police and the citizens pursuit of democracy in the late 1980's. The museum paints even a darker vision of intrusion than I had realized. Be sure to get the audio guide for 4 euro. Very worthwhile.

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Labrador, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

All in German but audio guides available. It is also free! Lots of photos and displays which make it a bit creepy as this was the exact location of the Stasi headquarters.

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London
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I've visited the museum three times now, mainly because there is just so much information to take on board about the work of the Stasi. It's worth remembering that this was all happening just over 25 years ago so within the lifetimes of most visitors. Entrance is free but make a donation if you can to the work of the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The first thing to note is that this is free but you can rent an audio guide for $4 Euros. If you don't read German, it is worth the guide. You have to go half way through the museum to get to the bookshop that rents the guide, and then go back out and start the tour. There is so... More 

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Derry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

Good insight into the levels at which the stassi worked. There is a feel to the museum as if you're still in the late 80s. Also, for 4 Euros for an audio guide it is real good value for money (free entry).

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