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“Educational and interesting”
Review of Palace of Tears

Palace of Tears
Ranked #30 of 960 things to do in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Lets see. It's free. Service personnel there were super helpful and professional. Lots of interesting exhibits ranging from newspaper archives, realia from that era, photos of course and even this movie screening where they show you how the same event was reported in both west Germany and east Germany. I'm sure people from sg, Vietnam and china will be very familiar with the East German way of reporting things lol!

Thank ShawnKuek
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Not as interactive as the DDR Museum or extensive as the STASI museum, but it provides an interesting recollection of the Berlin separation.

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Reviewed December 24, 2012

This is an excellent exhibition clearly illustrating the cruel nature of the DDR and the repressive Communist system in general. The displays are well presented and explained (In English too).

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Reviewed December 22, 2012

If you are on a quick tour through Berlin, I highly recommend this museum. It's free, very accessible by public transportation and gives you a really good summary of life in the Cold War era of Berlin.

During my seven years of living in Berlin (and prior 13 years of visiting), I often passed through Fredrichstrasse station and also enjoyed this newly vibrant area. But I also had heard and read about the Tranenpalast--the Palace of Tears. My husband-- a native of West Berlin--had had direct experience with it since he had family in East Germany. When we moved out of Berlin at the end of 2010 this museum was still under construction.

When I visited in October this was a "must-see". Even though I had done a lot of reading and visited many other places in Berlin I spent a good deal of time looking through the exhibits. It was touching to see the personal journeys documented. I thought that it was an excellent summary of the Cold War period in Berlin. Even though the sign outside was in German most of the exhibits had English explanations.

I know finding one's way around the Friedrichstrasse station is not easy, but look for signs for the exit to Reichtagufer from the S-bahn station. Don't take the bridge over the Spree River. It will lead you to some fun restaurants but not the museum.

1  Thank nwk_berlin
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

this is an amazing place. The building, the exhibits, the stories told. All done beautifully. What really adds to the poignancy of the place is that it is right there, at the station, where it all happened. very moving and interesting.

Thank issy49
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