Topography of Terror
Topography of Terror
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Since 1987 a permanent exhibition at the site where the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office were located during the “Third Reich” has been providing information to the public about the most important institutions of National Socialist persecution and terror. The documentary exhibition conveys the European dimensions of the Nazi reign of terror.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (Borough)
How to get there
  • Anhalter Bahnhof • 4 min walk
  • Kochstraße • 6 min walk
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  • 00Shawn00
    Swindon, United Kingdom365 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make sure to visit
    To be honest we had never heard of this place or knew what it was. We came across it as we were walking between check point Charlie to the car park that covers hostlers bunker. However, it was a really interesting find. The museum is free with two main sections. Outside you have a time line with information that runs along the ruins of the front of the former ss building. Inside is an exhibit that tells you about all of the third reich locations that they ruled from, what each section of the government did and what they were responsible for. It then leads in to sections on parts of the war, how certain peoples were treated with first person accounts and lots of pictures. It’s a place definitely worth a visit. You’d need about 2 hours at least to read everything. There aren’t many seats so if you find standing for a long time difficult it may be worth factoring that in, but downstairs is a cafe and some seating so you can take a break. Very clean, well organised museum with everything written in German and English. Thoroughly recommend!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Sheepy-Princess
    Cardiff, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute must-visit in Berlin
    You just cannot visit Berlin without going here! Everything you need to know to understand the rise of Hitler and the subsequent atrocities that followed the Nazi regime. Free entry. Free audio guide (on your own phone- you might want to take headphones). You need a good few hours to get around everything. Walking distance from Checkpoint Charlie. There is a small cafe here.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Sharon N
    Glasgow, United Kingdom56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative museum
    This was so powerful and atmospheric. I found that all visitors were very respectful in creating the ambience. The information provided is very thorough and emotive. There is a good portion of the wall outside. This was open until 7pm which is good if you only have a couple of days in Berlin. Toilets are available.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 28, 2023
  • rrduncan
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant exhibition - would recommend as an essential if visiting Berlin
    This is such an informative exhibition. It’s laid out very well and really needs the audio guide to get the most out of it - bring headphones. The place was quite busy and eerily quiet as everyone walked around the exhibits absorbing the horror of what happened. I’d recommend - spent 2 hours here
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Charles_Annette
    Dubrovnik, Croatia105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great and important museum. Do not miss
    Sobering and one of the most full on, no holds barred museums of the 30-50's era in Germany. Well told, and with full sympathy to the many victims. Not for young children, but important to remember and learn. Do not miss
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Melissa F
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and sobering
    Very informative and sobering experience. Large amount of reading with very graphic photographs that truely depict the horrors of WW2 in Europe. Free entry. Would highly recommend to anyone travelling to Berlin.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • doctorlondon2015
    London, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serious but respectful
    This is obviously a very serious museum but it is well put together and the atmosphere is respectful and peaceful. There is plenty of space to take your time and there are places to sit and listen as well as look at the exhibits. We spent about 2.5 hours here and had a coffee in the small cafe after.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Chandra O
    Millington, Tennessee62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Important stop-free
    Difficult but VERY important!! FREE Section of wall and original basement of SS building located here Use a hop on hop off!! We utilized the ONE DAY Big Bus (#1) on trip advisor last year. You download an app and get real time location of buses on route!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • ChunkyW
    Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a 'must visit' in Berlin
    This is one of the very best museums I have ever visited. We were fortunate to time our arrival with the start of a guided tour in English. Whilst every exhibit has a description in English, having a guide added colour and context to the images and of course, you can ask questions. Whilst the museum is free to visit, I would happily pay an entrance fee, it is that good. Allow 2 hours plus to take in fully the enormity of the past.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 15, 2023
  • dudoldve
    Bokeelia, Florida405 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational
    Very good at explaining the timeline of the events that transpired in Germany. Feel everyone should educate themselves as much as possible in regard to these things. It is mainly outdoors and it does take some time to read all of the information. Completely wheelchair accessible
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 19, 2023
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William G L Corlett
Liverpool, UK218 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020 • Friends
I thought this place was abit hard to find even from getting off at the Check Point Charley and needs to be better sign posted.
Once inside plenty of information to read which explains the horrors of war from the beginning to the end and the purpose of the site
I do recommend you visit if you are into your Second World War history even though you may already know what your reading anyway.
I'm glad I visited but be prepared to do alot of reading
Written April 1, 2020
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Warren M
Jerusalem, Israel69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This museum is basically panels of photos and text with an accompanying audio guide. The audio guide confusingly needs its own map and reference numbers which don't match the actual labelling around the museum. I have no idea why they did this but it sometimes takes time to find the right image that the audio guide is talking about. The site of this museum and the story being told are so powerful that the crowds and the lack of immersive imagery and less important. The museum is free and well worth a visit.
Written February 3, 2020
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MandH_Adventures
Seattle, WA51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
While this free museum is thorough in its story telling it only tells the story of one point in time and not what led up to what occurred in Germany nor all the after-stories. What it does, it does well however do not expect a full accounting of Nazi Germany. It was emotional and hit a bit harder as much of what is portrayed occurred mere miles from where you are standing.
Written March 18, 2020
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Carlos Salim
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It was a good experience overall because there was a lot of information so if you don't know anything about that time period, after you go to the Topography of Terror you will be a scholar. It is also very helpful that the audioguides are free on mobile phones and admission is free as well. Small children will most likely not enjoy this museum due to the intense information and that amount of reading and listening
Written January 6, 2020
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MrThomas1981
Ipswich, UK903 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
If you are in the checkpoint charlie area, this is an excellent 'side activity' to do. Since my first visit in 2002, much improvement has been made and although this is open air, the glass shelter provides adequate cover from most of the elements. The displays have been modernised and are well laid out in both German and English but are more of an overview of Berlin than delving into the specifics of the interrogations that went on in these cellars. If you want to see what life was like under surveillance I would recommend the KGB HQ in Vilnius instead. Here there is just about the right amount of information - informative without being overload. There are guided talks available as well as audio tours.
Written August 31, 2020
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Footprints789754
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We came to this museum after a long day of walking around, already tired out. We followed the 1-hour audio tour, which worked great and was an excellent overview. If we hadn't been so tired we would have stayed longer and gone back to look at several parts that we did not dwell on while following the audio guide. It's a sobering place to visit, very though-provoking. Even if you think you know a lot about the Holocaust, there is a lot to learn at this museum. If possible allow 2- 2.5 hours.
Written January 17, 2020
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Hillel G
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I thought this was a great museum, with fantastic pictures and a robust sense of what the SS and the Nazi regime's plans and activities entailed. Be prepared, if you choose to read the content carefully, to stand for a long time and be there for about 2-3 hours. I do think it is well worth it and they did an excellent job. It was also free!
Written January 20, 2020
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Paul J
Bishops Stortford, UK338 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Give yourself plenty of time to go and read through everything, it will take a couple of hours if you really want to try and take it all in.

There’s no entry fee and it gets a little busy so go early so you can take in as much as possible before the crowds start to build.

The English translations of all the exhibits were much appreciated and the whole experience was both absorbing and moving.
Written February 17, 2020
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Huw85Thomas
107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
While Berlin has an awful lot to offer it is difficult to visit without delving into its recent history particularly the Nazi regime and the Berlin Wall. This museum is built on the site of the former SS headquarters on what was originally called Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse (now Niederkirchnerstrasse). There is a large section of the original Wall running next to it.

The outside exhibit (in the foundations of the original building) gives you a brief timeline of the rise and fall of the Nazi agencies and a number of the atrocities they committed.

If you have more time, the inside exhibition is well worth spending time in and gives a more comprehensive guide to the terror, perpetrators and victims. While incredibly sobering the exhibits are very educational especially given the setting of the museum.
Written September 28, 2020
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Andrew T
Godalming, United Kingdom34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Topography of terror exhibition has portrayed this part of Berlins history in an insightful and clever way. Easy to navigate and hugely informative, opening up information about the regime in place in the Second World War. Must see.
Written February 25, 2020
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