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palace of tears, Berlin
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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.
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  • We stumbled across the Tranenpalast - the Palace of Tears. The exhibition is well done, giving the visitor a real-live taste of the difficulty of living in Communist East Germany and trying to travel ...  more »
  • We first visited briefly as a stop on the Cold War Berlin tour of Insider Berlin tours. But it wasn't quite enough - for a small, singly-level building there's quite a bit to see - so we returned a co...  more »
  • As usual, it is better to be bilingual German or English, but this free Museum is worth a visit
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  • 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