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Palace of Tears, Berlin

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History Museum Museum
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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The Kreuzberg neighborhood near the Oberbaumbrüke bridge is central and full of Berlin icons: street art, a piece of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery, and a proliferation of cafes. Friedrichshain is another option with a hip vibe due to the students who congregate at its cafes and galleries. Consider Mitte as a historic home base. Mitte is the area where almost all of Berlin's well-known buildings are located, and it is within walking distance of Alexanderplatz. For a peaceful residential area, try Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf where the streets are lined with boutiques and quiet coffee shops.
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  • WE spent a long time looking for this, because in the Berlin literature it is marked by its German name: Tranenpalast. But it is easy to find... outside the eastern entrance to the Friedrichstrasse St...  more »
  • This is another free museum in Berlin and one of the best that I visited. This one focuses on life for Berliners in a divided city. It really gives you an appreciation for what life was like back then...  more »
  • It's a free museum in a central location that properly explains the difference of life in eastern and western Germany. I especially liked the video piece showing how the same events were portrayed dif...  more »