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Stasi-Museum, Berlin

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Stasi-Museum offers a glimpse into the methods and workplaces of the old Stasi, East Germany's secret police. Formerly the home to one of the Cold War's most infamous institutions, these original headquarters reveal much about the old ideology. You can learn about the tactics used in spying and reconnaissance for more than 40 years. The site is a tribute now to the dissidents, nonconformists, and ordinary citizens whom the Stasi terrorized. Check the website for information regarding guided tours and special or temporary exhibits. Put Stasi-Museum into our Berlin tourist route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • If you don't speak German, don't expect much from this museum. When we visited last year very little was in English with no guided tours. Worth a trip and we did manage to find out more about the Stas...  more »
  • In order to know or learn cold war a visit to the Stasi Museum is highly recommended. Dates, offices, testimonials, videos, ... You'll find everything in the 3 floors of this building. Sure that the captions are only in German and in English! The price is reasonable (4.50 € by the Berlin Welcome Card). Outside the building there is also a theme that relates (in English and German) the atmosphere we breathed around the wall.
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  • Worth watching if also difficult to comprehend how it could happen, that something like this could happen. Interesting and impressive.
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  • Nice museum, but if you are already in the area (and short in time) - I recommend to skip it and to visit the prison instead. The guided tour in the prison is muuuuch more interesting, and so as the exhibits. One more thing: in the museums ticket counter, they ask for 1€ extra if you are interested in taking pictures inside... I have never encountered such a ridiculous thing anywhere else in the world. Bottom line, no one checks if you are "allowed" to take pictures inside, so don't fall into this trap and don't pay anything extra.
  • This might not be interesting for everyone as the museum is trying to document the inner workings of a totalitarian surveillance organization. That is is a pretty cerebral topic. You might think of it as the real-life documentary accompanying the movie "the life of others." As such I found it fascinating, bizarre, depressing and absurd at the same time. While I had personally witnessed, in the West, the collapse of the GDR, experiencing this place today feels like stepping into a completely unrealistic and unreal world. While the exhibits are fully documented in both German and English, a familiarity with Germany and its recent history will greatly enhance your experience of the museum.
  • Highly recommended. Visit on Saturday afternoon for a free tour in English at 3pm. Our guide was amazing - knowledgable and enthusiastic. A brilliant experience.
  • AN ABSOLUTE MUST VISIT! The Stasi Museum is interesting as it talks about everything Stasi. I particularly enjoyed the display of technology and tactics used by the Stasi, and the tour guide did an excellent job of explaining everything.
  • For anybody interested in the recent history of Germany this and the nearby stasi prison are obviously must see places. The museum is well laid out and brings you through the whole background and horror of that period. Congratulations to the Germans for confronting their past and showing just us how fragile and valuable the freedoms we often take for granted are.