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Topography of Terror, Berlin

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#2 of 193 in Museums in Berlin
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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  • This is a somber but informative exhibit into how the Nazi regime operated. It shows how their reign of terror started until it culminated in the holocaust. Very informative and captivating especially...  more »
  • This museum is where the third Reich had its offices, and it was interesting to see how their reign affected the German people overall. I think you could make a case that the attempted complete exterm...  more »
  • The Germans have given a great deal of weight to the self-exulation from the hard past that the former have charged them, and for this they take every opportunity to create benchmarks (sites, museums, activities, monuments) to declare it Actively taking as long as they can distances from what their people once were. This particular museum is exactly that. The place where the secret Nazi police was housed is located opposite the Air Force headquarters of the Nazi state and is surrounded by part of the walls as it existed on the division. Admission is free. You can with audio GUID...
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  • A good attraction which we visited a little late in the day to thoroughly do it justice. Inside the main museum is a large space and well designed. It was just quite crowded. It was thought-provoking, but it was noticeable that some of the pictures were reused multiple times throughout the exhibition.
  • Impressive. The first place you need to visit in Berlin, go there before any other monument museum or historical and cultural site. The feeling is overwhelming and you will sort as a completely new person with a sense of belonging and need to make something, your share, to live in peace and care with every person around you or that you come in contact with. The message is: It's easy to be and to act as a good person. I'm glad that Berlin is capable of showing so much evil with the purpose to induce so much hope
  • A great opportunity to spend some free time diving into the dark but very interesting past of Germany. Definitely worth a visit, not only because of its great location in the middle of Berlin and next to checkpoint Charlie, but also because of the detailed exhibition and the interesting area. In addition to that your visit is completely free.
  • If you want fun this is not the place! Graphic images and descriptions of very dark times. Definitely worth spending some time there but you would have to cold as hell not to be affected by the information on display.
  • Very informative. Start left to right in the bottom section as it reads much better that way and ends with a short video in a small room. Would certainly recommend and it's very close to other major tourist attractions like Checkpoint Charlie
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