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Palace of Tears

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Address: Reichstagufer 17 | Mitte, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: 030 - 46 77 77 9-11
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Great Little Place

I spent about 45 minutes looking around this little museum. It had great exhibits with lots of interesting details, as well as various personal artifacts and stories from people... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had tears when I realised how small this attraction is. It is significant but only worth going to as part of a tour

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I spent about 45 minutes looking around this little museum. It had great exhibits with lots of interesting details, as well as various personal artifacts and stories from people of the time. If you don't know much about the wall, and it's demolition, this is the place to come. The museum is quite small, and is free to enter. An... More 

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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

No queue to get in, lots of information on the history behind the wall. I found t very beneficial as before my visit I didn't really know too much. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to walk around each section as a lot to read!

Thank Eleonora_whyatt
Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The entrance was free, but it is such an interesting (altough relatively small) museum that it would worth if i needed to pay. They have very interesting registries and objects, as well remakes of how it worked to move from East to West germany, and how desperate was for people living on the east that wanted to meet their beloved... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Perfect if you have limited time - takes only a hour to get around, as the entire exhibit is held within the old train station checkpoint between East and West. Free, with free audio guide, the exhibition is very much told from the West German perspective but gives some air-time to East German "news" articles. Good use of real life... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this museum as part of a "Red" Berlin walking tour and so did not pay for an entry ticket-- but whatever the price, it was too high in my opinion. The museum is quite small and although it has some interesting exhibits, by and large it focuses only on the unhappiness and dislocation caused by the separation of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted our friends to see the Tranenpalast (Palace of Tears) which we had visited two years ago because we were so impressed at the time. This is the place where many border crossings (and many tearful goodbyes, hence the name) took place. The exhibition gives a lot of information about what happened here during the separation of the two... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is a small building across from (and once connected to) the Friedrichstrasse Station. This is where you passed from the DDR to W. Ger. if you were lucky. The name refers to the realization of families/friends that whoever was allowed to pass through was unlikely to ever return. The exhibit is small but touching and frightening. Very little... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A smallish museum, but which sets out the facts and events clearly and objectively. It describes the immediate post-war period, and background to the borders and barriers. All very factual, without trying to tub on the heartstrings - in a way, more impact. Political, social issues handled well, and the effect on individuals and families. Wonderful model of the station... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at the palace just after 4 pm and to be honest it was very hard work as the building has no air con and it was 32 degrees outside so we guess it was about 40 degrees inside. Its is not terribly well laid out and doesnt really convey the fear and hazards of trying to legally cross... More 

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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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