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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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  • Really enjoyed the guided tour of the prison. It was fascinating to learn about the history of the prison and the Stasi era. The guide was very engaging and told lots of anecdotes passed on from frien...  read more »
  • Moving tour of the old Stasi prison made more powerful by the fact that the tour guide was an ex-inmate (jailed for "state enemy propaganda" - printing and distributing a few leaflets). Highly recomme...  read more »
  • I liked the english tour very much. I urge everyone to choose this over stasi museum if you cannot do both. I did both in one day, and this was much more interesting. This is about 30 min walk from th...  read more »
  • History of DDR political opression was fantastically shown. An exciting evolution of govermental control is illustrated here.
  • Very interesting place. We came one day and missed the English tour so just checked out the free exhibit. Lots of info and things to look at. Came back another day for the tour of the prison. It was OK but not totally necessary.
  • Very informative. Places you in the prisoners mindframe. The DDR was so cruel. Unbelievable!
  • Like the Stasi Museum this is well worth a visit. Whilst the Stasi Museum showed the planning/policy/spying side of the Stasis this museum shows the raw, cruel and criminal side. The mundanity and banality of the cruelty and the big and small methods used to punish prisoners was quite eyeopening.
  • The English tour led by Gerd Zimmermann (a former Stasi prisoner) was amazing. It's one thing to walk through prison cells and interrogation rooms, another entirely to do so with a man who describes in vivid detail what it was like during his many months in captivity.
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