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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. To visit Palace of Tears and get the most from your holiday in Berlin, create itinerary details personal to you using our Berlin trip planner .
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  • Free entrance and worth it. Take the time to get everything in you, it's not great. The impact of the border in the middle of the town and the railway station is painfully obvious. Thanks if you already have seen many of the east-west history.
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  • If this a part of German history that interests you, then absolutely worth a visit. But missing it won't ruin your trip to Berlin. There is a fascinating film showing how events were reported by each ...  more »
  • A really interesting museum, very informative and well presented. The building is authentically preserved, and I found the exhibits moving and thought provoking. An added bonus was that it was free, a...  more »
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  • A must-see in Berlin. Visiting Palace of Tears was more overwhelming than visiting Berlin wall. In Palace of Tears you get a first-hand feeling from people from both East and West Germany at time of division and how false divisions separates human beings... Make sure you have napkins with yourself. Like many other visitors, I couldn't hold my tears back. In the era in which right-wing nationalism is rising again, visiting Palace of Tears is a must.
  • This small, free museum is housed in a former departure hall between East and West Berlin once known to locals as the “Tränenpalast” (“Palace of Tears” in English) because of the many tearful farewells between family members and friends living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall. The museum has many of the actual signs and structures that were in the building before the reunification of Berlin in 1989. There are also many artifacts and video testimonials of individuals who were impacted by the harsh rules preventing most residents of East Berlin from traveling outside their city limits. In one small side room, archival news footage from both East and West Berlin plays on a loop (with English subtitles), showing the same events described in strikingly different terms by each side. Get here early to avoid the many school groups that visit during the week.

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