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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Vercelli, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Thank NBW1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Fabulous exhibition of the Stasi in Leipzig. It has helped me with back up to my teaching of 'Das Leben der Anderen'.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Be prepared to stay longer than planned...this museum really draws you in. The English audio guide is VERY detailed. One problem is that the rooms are not number clearly, so it's hard to know which number to tap for the next comment, as you move around. The stories here are quite amazing: how mail was opened; how apartments were bugged;... More 

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Leipzig, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

If you are keen to get some insights of how it was like to live in a surveilance state, head to this Museum. You will find interesting samples of how the Stasi was spying on their citizens, including the collection of smell samples in marmelade jars!

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