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“Well worth a visit”
Review of Palace of Tears

Palace of Tears
Ranked #31 of 974 things to do in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Great little museum directly outside the main Freidrichstrasse train station.

Free entry, and easy to follow exhibits detailing the original use of the building, and the role it played in so many lives during the era of the Berlin wall. Plenty original artefacts, video presentations and interactive elements - a unique testimonial to such a turbulent time in recent history.

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

This is, by far, one of the best archeological museums in the world; you walk through the Ishtar Gate as a Babylonian would have and walk up the steps of the Altar to Zeus as if you are in Pergamon! The Islamic Museum on the upper floor is also wonderful, but we were so overwhelmed by the first floor that we couldn't give it its due.

Buy tickets on-line, load them onto you mobile device and then go. You will avoid the long lines for timed tickets and just breeze through. Use the free audio guides…the artifacts are much more meaningful with the great historical commentary.

1  Thank Ellen W
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

The history of this building and its links to the Berlin Wall are brought to life through personal stories, photographs and newsreels. This really put in perspective for me how the Berlin Wall affected people's lives. Be sure to watch the newsreels from the East and West on the same events – it really highlights the differences between the sides. It's worth taking a wander round Friedrichstr. Bhf afterwards to see how it's changed.

The entry is free and you can use lockers for a euro or two euro deposit.

1  Thank Jenny H
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Surly staff. Small exhibition, but free. Visiting this will save you repetition at the Checkpoint Charlie museum.

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

This museum provided so much more than what I was expecting. It was so well done and filled with information. It really gave you a sense of what it was like before the wall fell and what the average Berliner had to go through to be able to see loved ones on the other side of the wall. To see people's personal effects ( cleverly displayed in suitcases) and hear/read their stories of what they did when the wall was going up was fascinating. Don't miss this site. I wish I had more time to spend here.

1  Thank abura
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