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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 #14 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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Drachtstercompagnie
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We visited this place. No doubt that what happened should not have been possible. Most of the shown objects are informative, however, there is a lot of rubbish of one can ask, what added value is. The museum was created just after the new obtained freedom. It should make sense, to have a look again if the current exhibition should... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This is the title of the English language information leaflet which explains the permanent exhibition at the Runde Ecke museum. It is particularly chilling that the exhibition is sited in the bulilding that housed the district offices of the Ministry of State Security. As you move around the exhibition rooms there are reminders of the former use of the building... More

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London
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8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

The English audio guide was fascinating. I only had an hour to spend and so had to be very selective but felt like I was skipping too much of a good novel, except this was real life.

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Philadelphia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Much like Check Point Charlie in Berlin this is an important place to understand what went on in East Germany. Be sure to get the guide if you are English speaking. As a person who travel on both sides of the wall before it fell this serves as a reminder of the time before Germany was united.

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Leipzig, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Ever wondered how opening of letters with hot steam can be optimized? This free museum offers some tips from Stasi.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This museum was recommended to us and we were not disappointed. The translation equipment is very good and we spent a fascinating time in this well planned museum.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
55 helpful votes 55 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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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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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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