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“Great exhibition on Berlin post WW2”
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Palace of Tears
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Wrong location on Tripadvisor! It is next to Friedrichstrasse Bahnhof instead of near Alexanderplatz.

Excellent and "cut to the chase" exhibition for Berlin post WW2. Includes life on both East and West Berlin and how difficult it was to cross the border. Covers history all the way to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

For a more comprehensive history go to the Deutsches Historisches Museum as well.

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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!

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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.

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