Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Germany  /  Berlin  /  Museums  /  palace of tears
palace of tears, Berlin
(4.5/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
Discover the divided history of East and West Berlin at palace of tears, adjacent to the Friedrichstrasse station. Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, from 1962 to 1989, the building served as the border crossing from German Democratic Republic to West Berlin. Now, you'll be able to see the permanent exhibit of original videos, interviews, and photographs that tell the emotional story of the separated nation. Return to the museum whenever you like, as it is open to the public free of charge. For palace of tears and beyond, use our Berlin tour planner to get the most from your Berlin vacation.
Create a full Berlin itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Berlin

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Berlin by other users

12 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA May, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Potsdam & Berlin BY A USER FROM SPAIN December, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Berlin BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Berlin BY A USER FROM SPAIN December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Berlin BY A USER FROM GREECE February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Berlin BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES August, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Germany, Austria & Czech Republic BY A USER FROM THAILAND April, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Berlin BY A USER FROM FRANCE December, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Berlin BY A USER FROM SLOVAKIA January, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Berlin BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Europe BY A USER FROM THAILAND April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Based on Tripadvisor we visited this interesting small museum that especially our teens did understand what the impact of the Berlin wall was. On a readily comprehensible way, the differences between East and West depicted, the suffering, the escape attempts, etc in photographs, testimonies, seized property, documents, etc. The movie with news clips from the 60 's perfectly illustrates the enormous difference between the ideas in East and West. Worth also for adults who want to brush up their knowledge of the post-war history.
    View original
  • The Palace of tears may refer to the former departure hall in the border crossing Friedrichstrasse station. Very conveniently, the original venue offers a fortunately free admission first of all. The exhibition itself is excellently made and offers a variety of different items such as movies, photos, signs, etc. Here you can get a very good impression, how it went at the time. In particular, the very detail-loving exhibits (E.g. collection of magazines, which were withheld) bribe. Particularly pleasing: Here a specific topic in an original site is illuminated, a great feature that applies to visit it.
    View original
  • Absolutely to recommend very authentic with the history of the GDR and highly recommended Milano at the Friedrichstr.
    View original
Google
  • Great little museum. Free entrance. They have left parts of the intererior and put in place a very nice exibition. Like in most museum in Berlin there is a lack of foreign languages. Most of it has english but not everything. A must do, anyway.
  • Free museum where people used to have to go in order to move between the two Germanys. There is an audio tour but the info is in English so it isn't required. Took about 90 minutes to go through it. Very interesting stuff.
  • An excelente museum. Very profesional. Tells the story of the Betlin wall. The place is authentic and very well organized. Free of charge!
  • Fascinating museum and relatively unspoilt from original and it's free
  • One of the less interesting things to do in berlin, boring and short