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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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  • Super to bridge an hour and to learn something about the history of the GDR. Admission is free and the Museum is quite interesting
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  • The building placed beside the station Friedrichstraße, commonly known as "Palace of tears" (Tränenpalast). Place reminiscent of the Division of Germany and the people's destinies are bound to it. Right here, in fact, many people had to say goodbye to their friends and relatives. For the citizens of East Germany the building recalled painful way the fact that the border for them remained closed, while others had to suffer helplessly the harassment of border checks. Inside this building, there is a permanent exhibition with original objects, documents, films and interviews with witnesses. The exhibition tells the repercussion of the Division and of the boundary in the daily life of the Germans. To be taken absolutely the excellent audioguide to appreciate and understand well what is exposed
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  • This unassuming little museum doesn't look that big but it's crammed with exhibits, films and reconstructions and we managed to spend over two hours here. Entirely free, this museum details not only t...  more »