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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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Fascinating look back at the GDR in a former Stasi HQ

This museum in the former Stasi HQ is a chilling reminder of the people and policies of the GDR. Using actual artifacts collected from the building and other places, visitors are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Abilene, TX
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Abilene, TX
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This museum in the former Stasi HQ is a chilling reminder of the people and policies of the GDR. Using actual artifacts collected from the building and other places, visitors are guided through a series former Stasi offices filled with well-organized artifacts and good signage explaining them. I suggest hiring a tour guide. They are not expensive and well worth... More 

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Adelaide
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This museum was an excellent and extremely interesting little visit in Leipzig. As others have said admission is free but the displays are almost entirely in German so if you don't speak the language you'll need an audio guide for 4 euro. I found the audio commentary to be very well put together and extremely interesting, not having known much... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This Stasi museum was unique, thorough, and scary. The text is all in German, so most of us need the audio-guide. It does a good job showing the run-up to and the fall of the GDR as seen in Leipzig. The museum clearly communicates the banal, matter of fact, well-organized and yet immensely chilling nature of Stasi oppression and the... More 

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Chapel Hill
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Even the building, the hall ways, and the layout of the Stasi office, preserved in minute detail, convey the tone and outlook of an oppressive regime addicted to surveillance.

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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This museum is stuffed with detailed information and original exhibits from the time of GDR's repressive observation (information only in German though, if I remember correctly). The presentation mode unfortunately is a little outdated, being mostly type-written pieces of paper glued to posters - might be a good idea to use a more modern way of presentation and include English... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Visit the actual office of the Stasi secret police. It was preserved by the demonstrators in Oct. 1989. The 300,000 files on people, spy disguises, prison cells, cameras, listening devices, machines to steam open mail. Get the audio guide in English which costs 4 euros but admission is free. Nothing printed in English. You can even see a Stasi officer's... More 

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London, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Near Cafe Baum, this is a free-entry small museum with some interesting exhibits showing the calculating and brutal nature of STASI activities. Audio guide available but NOT free if you need one.

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Southampton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Here was based the state security system for 40 years, and the museum exposes the repressive communist regime which came to an end in 1989. It details the working methods, surveillance techniques, and how its tentacles reached into every part of society, including the post office and family life. Everything is authentic. You get a commentary in various languages for... More 

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

This museum could hardly be in a more appropriate place. In this very same building the former East-German Stati (abbrev. for Ministerium fuer Staatssicherheit = the Security Department) had their Leipzig office. And it was also this area where hundreds of thousands of people protested against the former DDR-regime in September and October in 1989. See the insanity, the old-fashioned... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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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Additional Information about Museum in der Runden Ecke (Museum in the Round Corner)

Address: Address: Dittrichring 24 | North of Thomaskirche, 04003 Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
Phone Number: +49 341 961 24 43
Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Saxony  >  Leipzig>  > Zentrum
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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