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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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  • I had hoped to catch the 3pm English tour but missed it due to spending too long at the Stasi prison but I still got loads out of my visit. Many rooms look just as they did back in 1989 when they were...  more »
  • Great guide who made the 90 minutes after the introductory video pass very quickly. Only 6 euro and worth every cent.  more »
  • Although the web site states that you will visit in groups of six and there will be additional groups if more than six people show up for the English tour, that was not the case today. We were 17 on t...  more »
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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.