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“Amazing and comprehensive exhibit on a disturbing history”

Topography of Terror
Ranked #3 of 975 things to do in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
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 July 23, 2013 via mobile

I can't believe this museum is free. It is such a good initiave to offer this information to the public for free in order to better understand how the political turmoil and manuvering of hitler's reign came to be. Many exhibitions about the Second World War leave you walking away asking "but how was this allowed to happen! How COULD this happen?!" The topography of terror comprehensively outlines how hitler and the nazi party consolidated his dictatorship and relatively quickly began his terryfing fascist reign and persecution of groups like the Jews, communists, gypsies and homosexuals. One tip though, though the open air exhibition outside is fantastic (outlines the year 1933), it'll tire you out to spend too long on it in the beating sun. When we got inside, which we didn't know also had a massive exhibition, we were pretty tired out. It's all worth looking at and reading, so budget time and energy so that you get to see it all.

Thank Rose193
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is one of those attractions that is a very worthwhile visit but could so easily be missed. We visited this while going between Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate and were very impressed at the content and detail, explaining about the area and what the Nazis implemented and carried out.

One part of this is open to the elements , so better visited on a good day (although it does provide some shelter. The museum part is a modern building which is very well equipped.

The museum is on the site of the former Gestapo headquarters, and includes the remains of some of the basement prison cells, together with a detailed commentary of the atrocities of the 20th century. The edge of the site is also bounded by one of the longest remaining sections of the Berlin wall.

I found it to be one of the most informative and interesting places I visited in the city.

Thank Mitch59
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

You will learn a lot at the Toppgraphy of Terror. Seriously, you'll learn a lot. You'll also be moved close to tears by some of the accounts and photographs of the Jews, gays, Sintis and gypsies who were oppressed, tortured and killed under the Nazi regime. You can easily spend two hours here walking around the informative and well designed museum, reading as much or as little as you fancy whilst appreciating (but feeling horrified by) the enormous collection of photographs: not all of which are torture scenes; a great deal of them are photographs of Nazi propaganda.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Great presentation of a difficult subject. The Museaom manages to deliver how within one year of Nazi government the German "folk" got swayed off their feet and turned to be avid supporter of the murderous regime. Recomend to send 2 hours there.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This was a very interesting place - fully chronicling the rise of the the Nazi regime and the atrocities it committed. It is a mainly series of photographs with text to read by each one ( in English and German ). It prompted conversations in our family about history and made us really think about what and why such a terrible thing was able to happen. I would suggest only suitable for older children ( 15+ ) as there is a lot of reading to get through, and some pictures are very harrowing. Allow at least 2 hours. Good toilets. Free admission.

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