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Palace of Tears

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Address: Reichstagufer 17 | Mitte, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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+49 30 467777911
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Great insight into Friedrichstrasse station during DDR times

The Palace of tears is just right beside the entrance/exit of Friedrichstrasse s bahn station. The building itself is fairly small but has many interesting exhibits of everyday... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Palace of tears is just right beside the entrance/exit of Friedrichstrasse s bahn station. The building itself is fairly small but has many interesting exhibits of everyday life here during DDR times. This building is were visiting west berliners went through after visits to family members in the east (hence the palace of tears name) it was free to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely a must, it's a very good museum, explains the early years of the wall, how the life of someone who wanted to travel between east and west could be and a few stories of people who escaped. Plus it's free and also they provide an audio guide.

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I served here in the 70's and never knew that this place exited, such a sad reminder of the sadness involved in splitting a city

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another free museum which we found a little hard to find (hint - it is not in the U-Bahn Station - it is in a separate building a little distance away with the signage on the other side). This puts a human face to how the Berlin Wall affected the city and it's inhabitants. It is fairly small and compact... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this small museum and found it quite interesting - the Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears), located at the Friedrichstraße S-Bahn station was, during the Cold War, the main departure point from East Germany to West Berlin. Many people bid farewell to their loved ones here. Although we often think of crossings at the more infamous Checkpoint Charlie, far more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is right next to one of the main stations in Berlin Friedrichstr. It is also free to get in and is mostly in English and German even the video had subtitles and was interesting to see the difference with what the West was telling the citizens and the East. This all centres on the wall from when it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exhibits here, and in particular the video interviews, give you a fantastic insight into ordinary life in the period. Unmissable.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is well worth a visit. It helps bring to life the plight of people affected by the erection of the wall by telling their stories of escaping from one side to the other and also some stories of people visiting relatives on either side. It is free to enter and there are tours at some times of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The Palace of Tears is a real treasure. It's very small in size so you can easily traverse the museum in about an hour and still manage to take everything in. I was hoping to find a place that would delve into some of the personal stories of the East/West Berlin divide and this place turned out to be the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

I have visited this on my own and as part of a walking tour group.Both times I felt I could have spent hours examining the displays ( all with English captions) and watching the videos. this is really an excellent museum to visit for anyone wanting to understand the impact of the Cold War on the people of Berlin- East... More 

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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 way to an international crowd pursuing fashionable designer clothes, the newest food trends and frequenting the many craft shops. Graphic designers have taken up residence in what used to be backyard barns and stables. There are still vestiges of the old days, however. The occasional housing complex is a reminder of the neighbourhood’s past. And if you look carefully, an old 1920s ball house nestled amongst the art galleries and exhibitions of Auguststrasse can still teach you how to dance the old fashioned way.
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