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Palace of Tears

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Reichstagufer 17 | Mitte, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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All reviews friedrichstrasse station border crossing east berlin small museum cold war west berliners berlin wall free museum divided city border control personal stories first hand accounts audio guide original building worth a visit both sides recent history
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It’s good to see the effort the East Berliners had to go through to visit the west. It’s free and we’ll worth a quick visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Brigid H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is one of my favourite places to visit in the city and it’s still free! It’s a great place to start if you want to find out about the wall and the desolation families felt as they were ripped apart by polar opposite ideologies....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Footprints615948
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was where the hopeful few could apply and wait for permission to visit West Berlin this museum shows how hard it was.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ian P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a really tough place to visit. The. Museum is free and it depicts the struggles families had to make in leaving or staying. It was interesting to see what some families packed in their bags. The stories and pictures are really tough knowing...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank IndySig
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I cannot explain how great this place was! The staff were soo lovely and helpful, the collection is vast and it was free! I went to the ddr gallery, thinking it would give me an insight into german history, but honestly, this place was so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can go to this place and leave after half an hour or you can spend 1-2 hours. It takes you to the very personal journeys of individuals and listening to the horror that some of those people and their families suffered. Plenty of photos...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lynsay M
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Remember well before the fall of the wall this was the place to enter from the West of Berlin to the East withe all its time consuming and fairly long procedure of entering the East. Also the place where people from the East to to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank lotharjuern
Reviewed 6 November 2018

I visited here at the end of a Third Reich Berlin walking tour and it gave the previous tour a lot of context.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank William M
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Was passing by and went in cause it’s free. Has some interesting material but overall average and small.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rubyk826
Reviewed 31 October 2018

I was very impressed with the creative way the musem used the contrast between the halves of Germany to show the growing apart and why it is still difficult to grow back together. My favorite part was the newsreels with the same event from the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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The centre of Berlin, Mitte is most famous for sights
like the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Museum
Island. The central location makes this one of the
city's most expensive places to live. It is here the
oldest traces of the city can be found, and evidence
of some significant transformations, as well. The
gangsters that once ruled the impoverished streets
between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt have given
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Khairul R
2 January 2017|
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Response from Paul_in_Australia | Reviewed this property |
Yes; definitely worth a visit especially if you crossed the border at Friedrichstrasse station in the time of the cold war and the Berlin wall. Very convenient to public transport and food and refreshment.
22 December 2015|
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Response from Pierre B | Reviewed this property |
I do not think so but better check on their web site
2 July 2015|
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Response from VictorianDavid | Reviewed this property |
For whatever another opinion is worth, yes an hour should be pretty safe, but it really does depend on how you wish to approach the museum, too. If you go without an audio guide and just want to get a feel for the place... More