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Topography of Terror, Berlin
(4.5/5 based on 11,000+ reviews on the web)
Often chilling and always thought-provoking, Topography of Terror is an indoor and outdoor museum documenting the terror tactics used by the Nazi regime. You'll receive sobering insights into the Gestapo and SS activities that kept the city in a permanent state of terror and repression between 1933 and 1945. Don't miss the most striking of the site's features: excavated cells directly under the remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall. Many political prisoners were tortured and executed here. You can visit three permanent exhibits about the Nazi years at the site's prize-winning documentation center, which opened in 2010. Explore the site on your own, or join a guided walking tour to learn about the Nazi policies at home and the Cold War tensions felt around the world. A visit to Topography of Terror represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Berlin vacation generator to plot your vacation.
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  • It was very close to our hotel and we passed from here several times, but on one occasion we spent around two hours in the building reading all that the Germans went through during the Gestapo days. A...  more »
  • A few moments walk from Check Point Charlie and well worth the short walk past the Tribant Museum. A good way to try to understand the madness. 
  • I was reluctant to visit this, but my partner encouraged me to go. I was pleasantly surprised and offered insight into 'everyday' life of Germany under World War 2. Outside the building you see ruins ...  more »
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  • This was by far the best museum/exhibit I've seen about Berlin. There are exhibits inside and outside of the building. This venue is free. Also check for the free tour of the exhibits inside the building. The museum primarily focuses on the rise and fall of The Reich in Berlin between 1933 and 1945. All information is in German and English. One will learn how this affected the city emotionally and economically on it citizens; most specifically the Jews, homosexuals, gypsies and the ill.
  • There's nothing much to see in the museum. All there is various boards of pictures and text showing the history in a very nice way. Reading this you might feel there's nothing but i have to tell you if you are a history enthusiast or some one who likes to know the reasons for WWII or related topics this is a very good place to be. You will get involved in the matter so deeply that you wont recognize the passing time.
  • One of the most well researched museums in Berlin. This place is an academics dream. Probably not for kids without a guide - primarily due to the sheer volume of reading it entails. But! I would do this before any local WWII / Third Reich related tours to brush up on your understanding of what happened. Hats off to Berlin - this has been done very tastefully, respectfully and without glamorising such horrible history in any way (something the locals seem really committed to).
  • A very well-designed "documentation centre" covering roughly the time from 1933 to 1945. The indoors area contains a ton of documents for closer inspection in a building that looks less like a museum than an information centre. (This makes sense when you consider that any collection of actual Nazi memorabilia will inevitably attract Neo-Nazis.) The clean space of the interior allows one to focus on the documentation available, while never forgetting the fact that this is a historical site - thanks to the entry through the outdoors area, also covering the years before and after the Third Reich and the history of the building. It is worth mentioning the guided tours, which are superb. The guides know how to inspire actual reflection instead of rattling down numbers and names; they'll show you details you'd overlook during a cursory circuit by yourself.
  • If you only visit one place while on your trip to Berlin, spend a couple of hours here. It is one of the most powerful, though provoking places I have had the privilege of visiting anywhere in the world. Reading the stories and seeing the pictures of man's inhumanity to man is one of the most powerful and emotional exhibits in the whole of Berlin. The people of Berlin can be amazingly proud of this place and for having the courage to show the world its history and darkest hours