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Gedenkstaette Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen
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Private Tour: Potsdam Day Trip from Berlin
Ranked #18 of 960 things to do in Berlin
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Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

I had a very enjoable day at this unique prison. Plenty to learn and if your lucky you may get taken round by an ex prisoner. Nothing has been changed since its closure and you will learn alot on what happened inside and outside during the cold war.

You catch the tram M5 in the direction of Zingster Strasse. Your journey will last around 20 minutes until you reach your stop named Freienwalder strasse. These stops are announced audibly on the tram and also on the screen so very easy to follow as you can see three stops ahead. When you get off the tram go right and you will see a sign on the corner written Gedenkstätte. This sign is coloured brown with white writing. The walk down to the prison is a straight road and takes five mins. As the saying goes, "you cant miss it!"

An AB zone card is all thats needed.

5  Thank jinkygenius7
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Welll worth taking a quiet walk through this feature! We reflected on it all as best we could and it's a fitting hsitorical reminder.

2  Thank 45Frank10
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We were very impressed by this tour and for a first tour of this type we have been on gave us an insight into the history told to us by Carlos who was an excellent guide and who looked after us all very well as we had to get a train to this memorial, and there were people who were not as good as others doing a lot of walking he gave us a lot to think about

1  Thank Marilyn S
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

I was a little apprehensive about finding the location of the memorial, as it is located on a quiet residential area outside the main tourist spots of Berlin. But getting there it’s really not hard: on Alexanderplatz take the M5 tram (direction Zingster Straße) and exit on Freienwalder Straße. Once you exit, turn your head down and you’ll see a sign to the memorial ("Gedenkstätte …"). Walk 5 minutes straight and you’re there.

You can only visit the memorial as part of a group. You begin by watching a short documentary (around 20 minutes) about the Stasi and the prison; then groups are formed, depending on the number of visitors. On the day I visited 3 groups of around 15-18 people were created, each with a guide.

Our guide was a young German guy; although he warned us about his English, I thought he was perfectly understandable. The guide gives you information about the buildings, as well as about the type of prisoners and the detention and interrogation methods used.

The place is chilling once you are told that it is today practically as it was in 1989. You can see the prison cells (with the buckets that the prisoners used to relieve themselves) and the interrogation rooms. You are also taken to the oldest part of the prison, the so-called “U-boot” (as it resembles a submarine) and the “tiger cages” (closed areas where the prisoners could see the sun and catch fresh air).

There is a visitor centre where you buy the tickets and where you can also buy books or have a cup of coffee.

At the end, I kept thinking to myself how insane and cruel people can become in their adherence to an ideology. Unfortunately, what happened in the German Democratic Republic is happening in a lot of different countries in the world today; as citizens, we must remain vigilant and vocal about human right abuses. This was the main conclusion I took from my visit to the memorial.

5  Thank JotaLP
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Check the times for the English tour on the Internet as they were doing 2 a day when we went. If you see Lidl as you walk down Genslerstrasse you are right by it. This is not well advertised and doesn't need to be as it is word of mouth, very busy when we went. Our guide was a young historian with a good knowledge of English. A sobering and harrowing place, it makes you realise what we take for granted in a democracy, like being able to express an opinion. If you are interested in the East German state this is a must visit location.

3  Thank Mo R
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