We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

KGB prison

Bath, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
2,016 posts
4 reviews
Save Topic
KGB prison

Has anyone ever been to the former KGB prison at Leistikowstraße 1?

If so, can you please offer some feedback?

I am fascinated by the GDR and Cold War Germany and so am considering taking a trip to the site during my upcoming stay in Berlin.

Thank you

Berlin, Germany
Level Contributor
1 post
3 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: KGB prison

Well worth a visit. The stories are incredible, and a visit really leaves on impact on you. Actually, there's a video of the KGB Prison at Potsdam here: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-787764

SF Bay Area...
Level Contributor
2 posts
35 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: KGB prison

Hopefully (if you haven't already visited), you're planning to tour Gedenkstaette Hohenschoenhausen in former East Berlin--the former Stasi HQ, their main secret prison in Berlin, and a former Soviet prison following WWII.


The tours are sobering, yet fascinating for their information about how prisoners were handled, the Stasi's psychological control methods, and the physical aspects of prison life. Guides are former Stasi prisoners. As our guide noted, most of the Stasi weren't jailed or anything after the wall fell, and many still live around the prison--and occasionally remove directional signs so as to prevent people from getting there for tours.

There is an English tour once per week (on Saturday, as I recall), and German tours several times each day. Easily accessible via tram from Alexanderplatz, with a little walking, or there's parking there if you have a car.

Gambrills, MD
Destination Expert
for Fussen
Level Contributor
3,149 posts
141 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: KGB prison

If you're interested in the Cold War, consider a walk across the Glienicke Bridge between Berlin and Potsdam. This is where some of the Cold War prisoners, including Gary Powers (in 1962) and Anton Sharansky (in 1986) were exchanged. glienicke-bridge.com/Bridge_of_Spies/bridge_…

Edited: 4:57 pm, May 30, 2012
4. Re: KGB prison

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 5:15 am, December 12, 2013