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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. 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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  • This is a show that photo after photo weaving the rise of Nazism and its most violent expression... Nothing preachy, but just the vision of a set-up relentless to a theory and political that seemed so harmless... See so... to not see him again.
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  • Very interesting visit. Panels showing the rise of Nazism, illustrated with many photos, written in German and English (not french). It is the "hall of fame" of the Nazi executioners, with guest star of the Communists. Striking pictures of all these torturers. We realize the folly of men! Remains a portion of the Berlin wall just behind the panels!
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  • No prurience, clear information on the organisation in place to control the country. No hesitation.
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  • A museum dedicated to Hitler, the SS , Gestapo & The Reich Security too. It is free of charge. A must see when you visit Berlin. Remember the past!!! I was here for 4 hours & still didn't see everything! You can get headphones to hear it all in your language. They often have outdoor expositions too.
  • Excellent exhibit, but be ready to read. There is a lot information to wade through and your brain will be mush by the end. It's all fascinating however, and totally worthwhile if you have the mental stamina.
  • Amazing. Start inside and walk clockwise then come back outside to get the information as intended. A really thorough account of the persecution that took place and how it was disguised as in the national interest. It really puts things into perspective the atrocities that took place at that time. Spent 2 hours there with lots of reading but could quite easily spend a whole day there.
  • A very interesting free museum. I wish we could have spent more time there because of the plethora of great information to read and amazing photos from the period. Even with a couple of tourist and school groups in there at the same time, there is plenty of space to move around and everything has a very modern theme and layout. Lots of interactive learning stations and plenty to see.
  • Very insightful and meaningful. Lots of information and it appears nothing is held back. Spent several hours here absorbing the history.

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The Kreuzberg neighborhood near the Oberbaumbrüke bridge is central and full of Berlin icons: street art, a piece of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery, and a proliferation of cafes. Friedrichshain is another option with a hip vibe due to the students who congregate at its cafes and galleries. Consider Mitte as a historic home base. Mitte is the area where almost all of Berlin's well-known buildings are located, and it is within walking distance of Alexanderplatz. For a peaceful residential area, try Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf where the streets are lined with boutiques and quiet coffee shops.
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