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Topography of Terror, Berlin

(4.5/5 based on 12,000+ 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. 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. 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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  • I have a huge interest in World War Two due to family background so this was incredibly interesting. It wasn't a place to scan through. I read each and everything there, gripping experience which I'd ...  more »
  • The exhibition very interesting. It is free and not demand too much time. All panels are only written in German and English and there is no audio in Spanish
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  • This was the place that I wanted to see first and it was a walk through in pictures of the rise of Hitler and his terrifying regime! Ending in a wall of cards depicting those who were investigated for...  more »
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  • It's free so you have no excuse to miss it. Secondly it's a great way to get an insight into how the Nazi party took power. The best thing about this exhibit is that you're walking through an outdoor area below remains of the Berlin wall inside the remnants of a Gestapo headquarters basement. If the outdoor area doesn't provide enough information there's also a large building behind the exhibit which covers all of the facts and information from the Nazi parties formation right up until the destruction of the Wall and beyond.
  • Very informative and great that it's free. I studied history in university so sometimes museums feel like watered down lectures from first year. Fortunately this isn't one of those places! It is very well researched and goes into great detail that can be accessed by anyone.
  • A must for any visitor to Berlin to put into context the atrocities that were committed here and understand how they came to pass. The museum is free and is very powerful. Take your time listening to the audio recordings, especially of survivors - heartbreaking.
  • It was an informative and eye open experience. Worth visiting. As others say, lots of reading. Worth noting a lot of standing and walking for those with young kids or adults that can't stand for long periods of time. They had benchs dotted around the exhibition and a little cafe area too.
  • A free museum which will take you about an hour to get round. There is a lot of reading to do as it starts from the beginning, when you enter turn left and walk to end to start. The boards are numbered so just follow them through. Outside there is a 200m original stretch of the Berlin Wall which is worth seeing in itself.