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

Dittrichring 24 | North of Thomaskirche, 04003 Leipzig, Saxony, Germany (Zentrum)
+49 341 961 24 43
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Ranked #13 of 76 Attractions in Leipzig
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Description: Original office of the secret police. The building now presents these police documents and their surveillance equipment to the public.
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Frankfurt, Germany
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

To start with the only pro: it is for free. But inside you are just able to read old German newspaper articles and some original belongings from Stasi workers. In my opinion it's really boring and not worth a visit.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Unless you pay 4 Euro for an English guide device, expect to guess what you're seeing from the pictures. All captions in German. This is meant for insiderrs

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This free attraction is definitely worth a visit but make sure you use the English audio guide which from memory had small fee. Without it you will struggle to comprehend the full impact this fearful organisation had on the lives of the GDR people. Housed in the Stasi headquarters building and still in its original condition it is very revealing.... More

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This museum is housed in the former Stasi headquarters and retains the decor and atmosphere it probably had at that time. It is not a museum you can say that you enjoyed but you leave it with a greater appreciation of the freedom of association and expression and the democratic principles we, in the U.K. too often take for granted.... More

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Blewbury, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Interesting exhibition of Stasi artefacts and history. To get anything out of it , if you don't speak or understand German, hire an audio guide for 4 euros. Well worthwhile. With it very good, without it unintelligible!

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Sydney
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138 reviews 138 reviews
28 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

An in-depth presentation of the extent to which the Stasi controlled the lives of people in the old GDR. The museum is essentially in German so a hand-held audio guide is a necessity for speakers of other languages. To say that some of their methods were bizarre is to reduce what the East German equivalent to the Gestapo did to... More

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Leipzig, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

A very good way to understand the coercion the Stasi exerted over the East German people. I was especially chilled reading about the psychological terror the Stasi perpetrated. It really shows the mechanisms that underlay the control the state had over the people as depicted in the movie "The Lives of Others". Use the audio guide - you will be... More

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Moscow, Russia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

The museum has a lot of interesting materials from DDR time. The difficult thing is that everything is in German only.

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West Yorkshire
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

An excellent small museum about the STASI's intrusion into the lives of the citizens of the DDR. It is a bit rough and ready and there are no labels in English but this is a wonderful window into the lives of East German citizens until 1989. Most exhibits, such as the steamer for opening letters and the hidden cameras, speak... More

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London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
15 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

A small but fascinating museum that was an absolute must on my trip to Leipzig. I had wanted to visit the museum ever since reading 'Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder' and it did not disappoint. The full story of the organisation was astonishing and would have seemed laughably absurd in many instances, were it not... More

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