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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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Extremely Interesting Museum

At first the museum looks very low key and boring. However, the story of the Stasi East German Police unfolds with the excellent audio headsets. This is the actual Stasi... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

At first the museum looks very low key and boring. However, the story of the Stasi East German Police unfolds with the excellent audio headsets. This is the actual Stasi headquarters for the Leipzig area complete with offices and detention cells. This little museum is packed with information, tons of pictures and actual artifacts and is staffed by interested volunteers.... More 

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Graz, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This thought provoking Museum shows us how far into everyday life the 'Stasi', would delve to see who in the population were trangressing from the party line and the strange methods for listening in or taking photographs of western 'thinkers' !! The Leipzig headquarters were left just as the officials left them and it has that sinister ,dark feel about... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Reaching the Stasi Museum (aka the Museum in der “Runden Ecke”) required hiking about a mile in the heat, but it was well worth the sweat. This was the original Leipzig district headquarters of the East German secret police – complete with the original file cabinets, original detention cells, original desks and even, from the looks of it, the original... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This museum is based in what was until 1989 the Leipzig district headquarters of East German State Security ((StaSi). It is a genuine artefact in that it was preserved by local democracy activists pretty much as it was when the East German security state collapsed. It gives a fascinating insight into the repressive operations and the bureaucratic mindset of what... More 

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Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is not the Stasi Bunker which is some kilometers outside Leipzig, this attraction is only a few minutes walk from the Tourist Information on the corner of a main street. Right at the entrance of the museum the tension starts as you see how protesters gathered at the entrance of the Stasi HQ. Go inside and hire an audio... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Interesting museum, at the time of our visit showing an exhibition on the Stasi & GDR. All exhibits are in German (naturally) but there are audio guides in various languages.

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Abilene, TX
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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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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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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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