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Topography of Terror

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Address: Niederkirchnerstrasse 8, 10963 Berlin, Germany
Phone Number:
+49 4930 25450950
10:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Since 1987 a permanent exhibition at the site where the headquarters of the...

Since 1987 a permanent exhibition at the site where the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office were located during the “Third Reich” has been providing information to the public about the most important institutions of National Socialist persecution and terror. The documentary exhibition conveys the European dimensions of the Nazi reign of terror.

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This place has a wealth of information for you to absorb, not only the boards outside (that run parallel to a section of the Berlin Wall) but there's an enormous amount of... read more

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This place has a wealth of information for you to absorb, not only the boards outside (that run parallel to a section of the Berlin Wall) but there's an enormous amount of information inside. The level of detail is incredible as well, I found myself wanting to read everything and you will definitely need a few hours here if that's... More 

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Very sobering experience. A must visit to fully understand the enormity of the Nazi machine and their dreadful atrocities.

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The building provides a comprehensive look back to the Nazi regime and the terror they carried out. The outside exhibit is fantastic with a large graffiti free portion of the wall available to be touched and walked beside.

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I took my children to this historical site in the afternoon,as soon as we arrived in Berlin.Unfortunately it was almost closing time.But we had time strolling along the corridor of the wall and photos.It was very interesting,as i could teach my children about history.But unfortunately,most of the photos and illustration were written in german,and the english translation were too small... More 

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This museum is free to enter. It is an interesting place and gives you a lot of information about the Nazis and WW2. You will probably need at least an hour or two to look round it. It also has a cafe and toilets.

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We stopped in by accident and were amazed with all the history and information they had. We recommend taking your time here as there is a lot to see and digest.

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Easy to get to, with a section of Berlin Wall as a side issue, the museum is mostly things to read and follow. Some people didn't understand the correct way to follow it - from 1921 onwards, but if you do start where you should it makes it all easier to follow. One good part was it showed in the... More 

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Very interesting place to visit as it comprehensively documents the activities of the Nazi persecution and terror. Well designed museum embodying the gravity and solemnity of the subject matter. Must see museum. Note some of the materials and subject matter are rather confronting and may not be suitable for children.

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A place with a terrible and terrific history, giving a very good insight how, when and why Hitler and his party succeded as they did. Worth visiting!

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You'll find this museum built very close to a remaining section of the Berlin Wall and almost on top of one of the Gestapo's buildings where prisoners were interrogated. This exhibit consists of many rows of photos and documents that tell the stories of the Nazis and their deeds.

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