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Topography of Terror, Berlin

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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. If visiting between spring and fall, don't miss the most striking of the site's features: an excavated cellar directly under the remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall. Many political prisoners were tortured and executed here (confirm on the website that the exhibit is open during your visit). 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. Make Topography of Terror a part of your Berlin vacation plans using our Berlin trip builder app.
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  • With much interest into stories and the facts on the past, i was happy to be here and learn more about the headquarters of the secret police and events that took place here. A must see while in...  more »
  • This attraction offered nothing that I couldn't look up on the Internet. Mostly enlarged photographs with accompanying signage.  more »
  • Excellent history of the Gestapo and SS. Many pictures and lots to read. I found the comments in orange made by historians to be the most interesting. Audio guides (free) will give you a basic...  more »
  • Exceptional museum featuring a complete collection of black and white pictures and some film clips documenting the darkest days in Berlin history; the building lies near the former Gestapo Headquarters: from the stark, simple glass and concrete structures, one can see the ancient walls of the destroyed building, a long line of the former Berlin Wall, and above it all the few buildings which survived both ages. Excellent information point for students and WWII experts- we loved this place.
  • An excellent free museum that provides a very detailed picture of WW2 and some of the horrors of the past using lots of pictures and text. There is also the option to get an audio guide so don’t forget your headphones. You can easily spend a few hours in the museum. There are also some remnants of the Berlin Wall outside the museum which is worth seeing. I would definitely recommend a visit.
  • Very well curated exhibition in a very important location. The captions are very well written and not too overwhelming. I didn’t get the audio guide as I only had an hour and a half and I found the written information plenty to be getting on with. I plan to visit again to soak up more information. A short walk from check point Charlie. A must visit when in Berlin.
  • Great place to learn a bit about history, you will take more than one hour reading, easily. You also have available a few interactive screens to listen to some speeches or if you don't want to walk. Just in case you can always visit their website and listen to the tour in your mother tongue.
  • Second only to the Jewish Memorial in my opinion, fab free museum built within the former grounds of the Gestapo headquarters. Very informative, full of information and pictures displayed via a timeline of events. A section of the Berlin Wall remains standing on the north boundary too, definitely worth a visit

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