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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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Palace of tears

I have visited this on my own and as part of a walking tour group.Both times I felt I could have spent hours examining the displays ( all with English captions) and watching the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Robertson, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have visited this on my own and as part of a walking tour group.Both times I felt I could have spent hours examining the displays ( all with English captions) and watching the videos. this is really an excellent museum to visit for anyone wanting to understand the impact of the Cold War on the people of Berlin- East... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great reminder that in our lifetime people were subject to tyranny under the East German GDR. It shows the lengths that were gone to to separate the populations of east and west berlin, and the nightmare that they had to undergo to visit relatives. The museum shows us what life was like back then, with the passport... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see for Cold War researchers and interested people. Such a recent event the museum encapsulates it perfectly, it really would have been the palace of tears. So aptly named, wonderfully presented museum. Entry is free. Take around 45mins to an hour to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth coming to. Very informative displays and lots of audio guides that warrant a good hour or so to do properly.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent and very interesting exhibition in the original processing station between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. Staff welcoming. Cloakroom handy to leave belongings. Particularly appreciated all info and videos in both German and English. Fascinating stories. Well worth visiting. Free entry.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on New Year's Day as other places we intended to visit were closed. The exhibits were very personal and moving, and so well curated. We stayed for 2 hours and were emotionally drained by the end but also well informed and with an understanding of what it was like to not be able to go freely about your... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed our visit here. We didn't plan to visit it, but we needed a break from the cold weather, so we went in. It is free of charge, very clean and full of information of how it was when the city was divided. It is so difficult to imagine it now. It gives a very interesting perspective of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saw this from the water taxi, and the guide told us that this is the place where families, who were split between East and West Germany met to visit. When visiting was over, they each went their separate ways, not knowing whether they would ever see each other again. Hence the name.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such an impressive place. This use to be the crossing between east en West Berlin. Where people said their good byes. The museum gives you an excellent impression of the time in east Berlin during the Berlin Wall. Entrance is free but i would have gladly paid for it. Definitely do the audio tour. It gives you an even more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stumbled across the Tranenpalast - the Palace of Tears. The exhibition is well done, giving the visitor a real-live taste of the difficulty of living in Communist East Germany and trying to travel to the West, as recently as 1989. I really recommend you take some time to visit this site.

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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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