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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 #7 of 70 attractions in Leipzig
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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London, United Kingdom
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114 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Museum housed in the former local headquarters of the Stasi (East German Secret police). The museum tells the story (in German) of how the Stasi spied on the East German population and includes some of the hidden cameras, recording equipment and disguises that agents used

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Andrésy, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

If your German is limited or non-existent you will probably come away from this museum about the Stasi a bit frustrated as without understanding German it is only possible to guess what 90% of the exhibits are really about.

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Ancona, Italy
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461 helpful votes 461 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Two years ago, I'd have seen this museum as a chilling glimpse into a world and a mentality now, thankfully, gone. Recent revelations have changed that radically, and the museum has acquired an urgent new relevance, one unforeseen by its creators. It's perhaps a pity that more isn't made of this, but the visitor can and surely will realise it... More

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Paderborn, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Although it feels like just a few years ago, the disintegration of the former USSR and the re-unification of Germany was in fact just over 24 years ago - a lifetime for many adults. If history feels like a befuddling and dull list of dates and names then visiting an exhibition such as this can only serve to make it... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

This is the former HQ of the Stasi , the infamous Secret Police of the former DDR , you walk trough the heavy door and you jump stright to the 70ies , in the " heat " of the Cold War . It's all preserved as it was at the time . I happen to visit exactly 24 years to... More

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Mount Vernon, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

the hour it will take you to go through this - with a superior audio guide - will give you chills. This is the ACTUAL building where people were brought, detained, imprisoned. A little tricky to find it - but it will never leave your awareness of the horror of a police state.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

An interesting exhibition that requires an English Audioguide at 4€ as the vast amount of written information is in German only, therefore you miss a lot of the purpose of some of the materials on display. A good visit none the less and provokes a thought about the recent revelations ... It can get busy and the rooms are small... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Runde Ecke is basically exactly the same today as it was in 1989. Well, that's what they claim, anyway, and the claim is believable. Want to see the tiny cameras and phone bugging equipment the secret police used to spy on their neighbors? Or the disguises they wore to avoid being recognized? The equipment they used to spy on... More

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Canberra
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We enjoyed our visit but thought the museum lacked the intensity of the Stasi museum in Berlin. The museum exhibits seem deliberately understated/shabby to reflect how the Stasi operated. All the written information is in German but it is worth paying for the audio guide.

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Las Vegas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Once I found the museum, I enjoyed learning about the oppression the locals lived under. I'm sure most are glad that is over. There is no fee for the museum but the Audio Guide costs 4€. The app on my Android tablet shows the address as Alfred-Frank-Siedung 439. This street is about 2 miles from the museum and is a... More

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