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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. By using our Berlin trip itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen and other attractions in Berlin.
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  • A little bit out of the way but don't let that put you off. We hopped on a bus and asked for directions. Went around on an English tour and visited quite a lot of the prison. Only found out about this...  more »
  • Proven view of the concept of leaders in ex-Arretierten. Interesting information from a personal perspective grabs visitors and pulls them into its spell. Refurbishment of Russian and STASI activities first hand.
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  • We visited the prison on a Sunday afternoon. We took part in a guided tour. A former prisoner led us through the prison and told of his time what I found very interesting. I myself was there ever of a school trip. At that time, the leadership was somewhat detailed, but this time it was unfortunately very full so that the Group was divided. Who interested in is definitely the right place for the history of the GDR and the Stasi here.
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  • What a fantastic visit! Yes, it is far from the centre but you get to enjoy this communist landscape of endless and all similar buildings. The permanent exposition is very documented and well presented. You can stay at least an hour. Then the guided tours are just stunning. First of all, because most of the guides are ex-prisoners. So, if you have questions, feel free to ask and be amazed. They don’t spare any detail and you get to really live the horror. All the hundred and four interrogation rooms still have their furniture. It all seem that they left the premises yesterday. If you love history this place will blow our mind.
  • I think it's one of most important sights to visit in Berlin. We are all susceptible to losing our civil rights and ending up in a place like this. They still exist around the world. Very eye opening. Check out the website for tours in English or German. They are offered multiple times throughout the day.
  • Exhibition is open for all and is a must visit. The rest of the prison can only be seen with a guided tour. They provide student discounts. They have a cafeteria. Beware that old prices had been posted when i visited. The tour was a bit long-winded, but the guide was very passionate and friendly. Try to visit during the off hours as there was a lot of mismanagement during rush hour.
  • If there is ONE thing only you should prioritize in Berlin, it's a visit here. The guided tour was simply amazing and the guide was incredibly knowledgeable, answering every question elaborately. Very engaging and impactful. The story behind the Stasi regime is both fascinating and frightening. One of the few sights ever that made us want to dig deeper into the history after getting home.
  • Try to make it here! Worth a visit if you are interested in the cold war. Near a tram stop, so accesible