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Museum in der Runden Ecke (Museum in the Round Corner)

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Address: Dittrichring 24 | North of Thomaskirche, 04109, Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
Phone Number: +49 341 961 24 43
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Original office of the secret police. The building now presents these...

Original office of the secret police. The building now presents these police documents and their surveillance equipment to the public.

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Secret Service - Stasi museum

Museum: Stasi (East Berlin secret police until 1989) Admission: Free Audio Guides: available (English, Spanish, French) €4 *building is actual Stasi police location. Rooms have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Arthur A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Museum: Stasi (East Berlin secret police until 1989) Admission: Free Audio Guides: available (English, Spanish, French) €4 *building is actual Stasi police location. Rooms have been preserved along with memorabilia. Must see!!

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Thank Arthur A
Leipzig, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum used to be the Stasi headquarters of Leipzig in DDR times. Miraculously it was handed over peacefully to the people of Leipzig. It is a chilling reminder of how dictatorships work: through the hands and actions of many that do not protest. Entrance is free, guided tours cost a few euros, a full visit takes about 1 hour... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a sobering reminder of some of the DDR's darkest times. The exhibits are labelled in German only but there is an excellent, if not totally comprehensive, English audio guide. A huge contrast to the Bach and Wagner elements of Leipzig, it is in my view equally unmissable.

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Vercelli, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

This is one of the museums that you must see, like it or not it's a piece of German history, it is not big but good and the entrance is free, at the side there also are the Stasi archives that are open to the public only 1 day each month, and I have not been able to see them

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Mold, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

We so wanted to see the former Stasi HQ having read Christoph Hein's Tangospieler, but unable to access the building :(

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Westbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

The layout of the museum was, as others have noted, slightly confusing. However, apart from that the Museum in der Runden Ecke offers an excellent insight into life in the former DDR and the Stasi. If you don't speak German I recommend using one of the audio guides which will give you some information in English about the contents of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

The former headquarters of the east german secret police, Stasi is a different and very interestng museum. Although most of the documentation is written in german, the english audio guides are very good and thorough. An interesting aspect to the museum is the documemtation and surveillance the Stasi did on the youth cultures of the time. A little known fact... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

The museum gives a detailed view of the surveillance performed in the former East Germany.  The permanent exhibition reveals how deeply the surveillance extended into the daily lives of DDR citizens. New technology like better camera lenses were developed to improve the surveillance results. It was a surprise to see old Sennheiser microphones in the museum.  The museum has several... More 

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Definitely a good reason to trek to the edge of the main Leipzig tourist circle. It feels like you are transported back in time to the DDR years prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall, as the museum narrates Leipzig's role leading up to that, whilst giving you a sneak peek into life behind that iron curtain.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

It's a good museum to learn about stassi, the origin and their techniques to spy and how related they were with soviets, i really recomend you to use the audioguide wich is 4€ but is totally worth it, unfortunately it's kind of small considering that the whole building was the centra office

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