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“Curiously flat and unmoving”

Topography of Terror
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Since 1987 a permanent exhibition at the site where the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office were located during the “Third Reich” has been providing information to the public about the most important institutions of National Socialist persecution and terror. The documentary exhibition conveys the European dimensions of the Nazi reign of terror.
Reviewed November 16, 2012

Although the Topography of Terror should by rights be the single most important Nazi-related site to visit in Berlin, it is curiously flat and unmoving. The museum is built on the site of the former Gestapo headquarters and indeed, below ground level you can walk around some of the foundations of that building. The foundations are, well, just bricks with little explanation of why we should care. The exhibit itself is exhaustive, exhausting and fairly dry and would suit the more academic minded rather than a person looking for an overview of what the Nazis did. A better and more evocative place to go is the Wannsee House, where the Final Solution was formally launched.

3  Thank Faience44
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

This free attraction is both fascinating and extremely sobering. Well worth a visit. One of the highlights of our Berlin trip.

1  Thank R2theB
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

This was an absolutely fascinating display of photos from the former site of the SS (Gestapo). It was completely unabashed, and a frank portrayal of persecution and manipulation.

The only problem was that with so much to do in Berlin, it would take you all day to diligently read every placard, so make sure you clear a lot of time, or be prepared to leave wondering more. Also, it may have benifitted from a little more interaction than the couple of listening / video points.

It's free though, and runs parallel to a section of the wall, so well worth a look.

Thank Emma G
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

It's a FREE museum, and a fairly thorough documentation of the history and actions of the S.S. and the Gestapo. You will spend a lot of time reading bulletin boards on the top floor. I checked the bottom floor and it appears to be only a library. The content of this site will be, or perhaps should be depressing to most. But it is important historically and documents the potential for evil in the character of mankind. The lack of videos or interactive media is the reason for my downgrade to just 4 stars instead of 5. But it is a good museum and it was crowded.

Thank Pat D
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

I went here as I passed it on a tour bus and it looked quite interesting. How wrong I was! It was fascinating and horrific. The whole rise of the nazis until their downfall is captured in 50 m, some personal tales as well make it more shocking. Everyone should visit this and read the history, maybe we can sop it happening again.

1  Thank RichK-T
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