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Review of Palace of Tears

Palace of Tears
Ranked #23 of 975 things to do in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

If you are using the TripAdvisor App, it will send you to the wrong place if you use the mapping feature. My thanks to others who mentioned this previously as it saved our family a lot of time and frustration. Also, the picture that comes up on TripAdvisor (as of July 23, 2013) is the train station, NOT the Palace of Tears. If you can look in the pictures of the site you will see several that show what it really looks like (many windows)

Even though I knew where I should go (Reichstagufer 17), it was still difficult to find. Here are the directions.....Come out of the Friedrichstrasse U-Bahn station. I walked from the Brandenburg Gate so I'm not certain if what I'm going to describe is the U-Bahn station itself....but there is an elevated train station / U-bahn station in this area. Some of the trains head out over the river from this station. If you were standing inside that elevated station ON THE TRACK watching the trains head out over the river, then the museum would be a small building immediately outside to the RIGHT of the station.

The 'Palace of Tears' was the gateway station in East Germany where people who were traveling to West Berlin would have to go through passport control, be searched, questioned etc. So, the building is a bit like the entry portal into the larger train station (which was still in East Germany at the time but effectively it was a border control point).

Anyway, many others have mentioned the nice aspects of this museum and our family concurs with the positive reviews. Be sure to ASK for the FREE audio guide as they aren't really advertised. You just need to leave some kind of ID to use them. The museum itself is free as well. Takes 1 to 2 hours to go through. Enjoy!

6  Thank Edgedirect
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Top class museum straight across the road from the Friedrichstraße station. It took us ages to find us and we had such a laugh trying to get here. However it was so worth visiting, free entry and a free audio guide to enhance your visit.

Thank Catglack
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

interesting storys on historic site. Make sure you start at right end. Close to large part of berlin wall and excellent museum.

Thank LJH1980
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Great cool place by side of river,near train station.Plenty of exhibits that explain the buildings earlier life .Suitcases full of items that that owners thought they needed in there new life in the west.Free entry and great excibits.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

There was a lot to read, but English was available and a lot of the first person interviews were available in translation. Helped make it more understandable, what it must have been like to live with the separation.

Thank Fiona A
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