Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Leipzig

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Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, a state-run museum about post-World War II Germany, brings history alive with artifacts, photos, text, and videos in a condensed, well-curated exhibition space. Learn about the history leading up to the division of Germany, everyday life under the communist dictatorship of the German Democratic Republic, and the reunification process, as well as the lasting effects of the division. Though the exhibit is in German, an English information booklet is available. With our custom trip planner, Leipzig attractions like Zeitgeschichtliches Forum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Along with the theme exhibition you definitely 3 hours. Very detailed. The film department at the beginning of the exhibition is very worthwhile. Take your time. If you want to go to the toilet in advance, which is on the top floor, you should be with the elevator return to chronological order of the exhibition. Also notable is the large number of staff while there is actually nothing to guard.
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  • Onla few summaries in English but most of the images tell their own story anyway. Bigger than it looks from outside and unbeatable value.  more »
  • This was my favourite museum trip in Germany, as it detailed life in the east under the soviets through to the wall coming down, and the integration phase. This is current history at its best, a lot o...  more »
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  • Wow. This is the museum to see in Leipzig. Fascinating. Free. Those who don't speak German will have a bit more trouble, but there are some English translations here and there. I spent 3 hours here and certainly skipped parts. Very well presented. Very fair. And did I mention free?!!!!
  • A must for anyone wanting to learn more about the roots of modern Germany. It covers occupation of Germany after WWII, the Cold War that followed, how this gave way to reunifucation and how Germany reflects reflects this today. Some English throughout the exhibition which is always nice. Very thoughtful exhibits, lots of things to see, hear, read and enjoy. Pop culture buffs will love the nostalgia of the 70s & 80s lovingly reproduced through everyday items. Tell the staff how much you enjoyed it!
  • Very interesting exhibition. But don't go in a rush
  • Excellent post WW-2 museum, main focus on the history of the DDR.
  • Highly recommended for anyone visiting Germany, a truly great collection from everything DDR times! Great way to understand it all!! Sadly, everything is in German, so tourists get only visual info (which is only a part of how great the entire thing is!)

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