Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, Berlin

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Discover the polemic history of the German Democratic Republic at Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen. Formed in the early 1990s by former inmates, the prison now serves as a museum and memorial. You'll get a glimpse here at the lives and happenings of those incarcerated. Take a tour through the prison to see the prison cells and interrogation rooms. This way, you'll learn more about the history of the complex and the Stasi. Former inmates who give first-hand accounts of the prison's history lead most of the tours. Be sure to check online for English-language tour times. Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Berlin Edition.
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  • I have been to this museum twice. The first on a school trip in 2014: as a group we had booked the guide in Italian. The guide was a woman who was herself a prisoner in those cells. His personal experience combined with the atrocities which were committed between those walls made us all go out with a bit of angst on him and made us remain silent for some time (which is rare for the 16-year-olds). Last year (2016) I returned to Berlin and I wanted to take my boyfriend here. Being only two of the guide was in English (about 25 years old boy) and so there were no personal comments in his stories, but I found both very capable of conveying all their knowledge. Also the guy did references to stories told by his colleagues who had been imprisoned there. Every day we get 2 or 3 tours in English and one in German. Obviously if you are a group Board to book early and request the guide in Italian. For students there is discount (€3 instead of €6) recommend a visit here, you will come out a little more distressed, but richer.
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  • Impressive! Here, you could see how was dealt in the GDR with prisoners. Shockingly the cells and interrogation rooms
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  • The place is exciting, full of history and very well preserved. The tour lasts about 2 hours and there for his money, the guide was very friendly, and his understandable English even though a correct level is recommended. In addition, the visit to the Museum is free with french audio guide included, tracing the history of the prison and to serve as a complement to better understand what escaped us during the visit in English. Don't miss under any pretext.
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  • We had a lot of fun visiting the prison. Although you must know you have to visit with a guide so you better look for the visiting hours before getting there. It's a little outside of the city center.
  • We had a wonderful guide who explained us a lot of the things that happened there and he also shared his experience as a prisoner there.
  • Dont miss this when you are in Berlin. Wonderful guided tour. Very cheap!
  • Impressive place. Well preserved. Great guides with perfect multi lingual skills.
  • Really moving tour by an engaging, experienced, professional and well informed guide. For those who understand German, some German language guides were formerly prisoners in the compound.

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