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Palace of Tears

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Address: Reichstagufer 17 | Mitte, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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+49 30 467777911
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This museum was nice! It was great to learn some more history. It is free and helps you understand how Berlin history impacted families.

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Megan B
Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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24 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum was nice! It was great to learn some more history. It is free and helps you understand how Berlin history impacted families.

Thank Megan B
Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Situated right next to the station and by the river it's in a great location. Entry is free, and as the title suggests it's not going to take you too long to go around. Most of the exhibits are photos with supporting text, but all in all you got to feel for how life must've been in the divided city.... More 

2 Thank Andy D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a fascinating visit. It really brought to life what it was like for families and friends who were forced apart due yo the Berlin Wall and the difficulties they faced when wanting to visit each other. Lots of personal stories that brought it to life. Also some very good video footage. ThIs is a small attraction so one... More 

1 Thank Tracey F
Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum really brought home what people had to go through if they wanted to visit family in the West. The photos told a lot of stories, it was very interesting, and something I won't forget in a hurry, if at all.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited with our teenaged daughter. It was very easy to find & is just a short walk from the Reichstag building. This attrcation was free to visit, but didn't allow rucksacks, handbags, etc but had lockers you could purchase for 1 Euro/2 Euro(refundable). There are quite a few things to read & to give a greater understanding of the... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was part of Nadav's Cold War Tour. Telling the stories of families separated by the Berlin Wall and the restrictions by the communist governments. Highly recommended as it gives you a glimpse into the feelings of the people at that time

1 Thank shayoram
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a free museum that provides an insightful look into what it was like living during the Cold War era in east and West Berlin before 1989. It was quite moving to see photos and belongings that people took with them or had to leave behind and videos that were shot during the time.

1 Thank Apoorva C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was free to visit, but didn't allow backpacks, purses, etc. but had lockers you could purchase for 1 Euro. Standing in there really allowed us to imagine what it must have been like in a divided Germany. It was sad, but true and informative. Standing in the narrow passage where guards would allow (for a price and with... More 

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located in the former departure hall built in 1962 as the border crossing from the former East Berlin to West Berlin, this free exhibition graphically illustrates the site as the place where so many painful farewells took place. It illustrates very vividly how much the Cold War and the division of Germany directly affected the lives of so many Germans.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it's free and good for an hour or so, really simply laid out. was interesting and gave a great insight, almost had a tear or two in my eyes at the sad bits, then of jubilation when the route of museum arrived at 1989

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The center of Berlin, Mitte is most famous for sights like the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Museum Island. The central location makes this one of the city's most expensive places to live. It is here the oldest traces of the city can be found, and evidence of some significant transformations, as well. The gangsters that once ruled the impoverished streets between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt have given way to an international crowd pursuing fashionable designer clothes, the newest food trends and frequenting the many craft shops. Graphic designers have taken up residence in what used to be backyard barns and stables. There are still vestiges of the old days, however. The occasional housing complex is a reminder of the neighborhood’s past. And if you look carefully, an old 1920s ball house nestled amongst the art galleries and exhibitions of Auguststrasse can still teach you how to dance the old fashioned way.
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