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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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  • From Alexanderplatz, can you go through directly to the M5 or M6 directly to Hohenschönhausen and must go then only about 10 minutes on foot. The leadership there is in English or german (costs €6 per person). Our guide in English took over Celine Gilly and we were thrilled. Even if she was not detained, she told of many experiences and stories of their colleagues. It was really interesting and well illustrated. Definitely recommended!
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  • Only 20 years ago but such a different time. Impressive to the story of this prison in Stasi time to hear and see. Make sure you are in time for a tour. A must for anyone who is interested in the old East Germany.
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  • Excellent visit made by a guide very interesting, send us the whole atmosphere prevailing in this prison of the Stasi. This is a visit to do, which shows real terrors that we summer not so ancient history than that, to not forget what man is capable. Small flat, there is that tours in English or German, and my pretty broken English has not allowed me to grasp the subtleties of the guide's explanation.
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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