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“Wish our tour guide could have taken us round!”

Gedenkstaette Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen
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Private Tour: Potsdam Day Trip from Berlin
Ranked #11 of 818 things to do in Berlin
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Wish our tour guide could have taken us round!”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

We visited here as part of an organised tour, and although our guide was eminently qualified to take us round, he was not allowed to - we had to be handed over to an 'official ' guide, a young man, who kept us standing in the yard for ages before we went downstairs into the cells. His English was very hard to understand and he was very long-winded. Eventually, because I could hear so little of what he was saying, I left the group and wandered off on my own, having located an English-language paper guide.

The others in the group were also very unhappy with the quality of the tour and felt that a lot of time had been wasted - the general view was that he was simply reciting a list of facts without any real interest or insight. It was far more interesting to talk to our coach driver, whose brother had been imprisoned here for requesting an exit visa......... That's real history!

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

The English tour lasted about 2 hours. It started with a video of the history of the prison. We were then taken into the prison by our guide. She provided detailed information about life in prison and especially the mental torturing. It's a sad place, horrible things happened there. It won't make you feel happy, but it's part of berlin's quite recent history and worth the trip.

Visited April 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Chilling reminder of the terrible regime”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

Hohenschonhausen is a bit off the beaten track. We took Tram 6 from Oranienburgerstr to Genslerstr and then walked a few blocks to get to the old prison. There is an English-language tour at 2.30pm during the peak season and we were fortunate to have a guide who had a lot of personal insights into the regime, having been imprisoned himself (but not specifically here). The tour took 2 hours as we walked around the old prison cells and heard horrific stories about prisoners and their treatment and psychological torture. Not a visit for the faint-hearted (or for feeling happy), but a worthwhile visit for the historical content and importance.

Visited May 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“More harrowing and honest recent history”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Excellent historic record of the horrors imposed on the opponents of Hitler by the SS. Gruesome history of what can happen when democracy is put aside.

Visited May 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Interactive, sad, focuses the mind”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Not a great deal one can say about this visually imposing memorial. Go and interact with it, take your time and whatever it means to you will be revealed. Next to Brandenburg Tor so easy to combine in a single visit. Next time we go we will avoid the school kids who were understandably excited to be on holiday and quite noisy.

Visited July 2012
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