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“Haunting”

Gedenkstaette Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen
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Private Tour: Potsdam Day Trip from Berlin
Ranked #13 of 849 things to do in Berlin
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

Definitely worth visiting. Pictures can not give any impression of the haunting feel whilst walking amongst the installation.

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Reviewed 14 January 2014

This is an outstanding memorial reflecting on the brutality of the Stasi in the former GDR. The tour was fine but the permanent display warranted extra time. English tours are only a couple of days a week so check days/times if you want to do the tour.

it is a trek to get there but well worth the effort - a hint - get tram 5 rather than 6 - it takes less travel time.

4  Thank Willie R
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

Visiting this place was one of the most uncomfortable things during our stay in Berlin. The former Stasi- Jail is a museum today and the former prisoners will guide you through the area. There were unbelievable stories from our guide what a regime is capable to do with the ones who do not follow their crazy directives.
This place is a must see for all people visiting Berlin. The only pity: If you go by S- Bahn to the train station Hohenschoenhausen it's not easy to find the Stasi- Jail. One has to take the bus to Alt- Hohenschoenhausen and then a short walk.

2  Thank Steffen F
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Free admittance, but we found the 5 euros we paid for the tour in English at 2:30 pm was well worth the money. We were first taken into a room to watch a film about the prison - how it originated after the Russian army took over after the war and later the East German Secret Police. Our guide around the prison buildings was truly excellent - perfect English and, as a historian, was able to give a balanced account of what occurred on that site from research into the documentary evidence as well as anecdotal evidence from her colleagues and former inmates. She certainly earned her money that day, answering questions from the crowd, and our group's tour did not finish until just before 5pm!

Interesting to see the remains of the old Russian prison where cells were cramped and over-occupied, where all who died did so because of malnutrition or illnesses developed because of it. By comparison the new buildings used by the Stasi were very different and the methods to extract information used were psychological, so that the only deaths were suicides in their time.

Our guide certainly made our tour and visit interesting and educational. On site there is also a cafe. I would say that this is not a place for people with wheelchairs as we went up and down steps and stairs. There was no one disabled in our party, so I was not able to see whether there was any other access for them.

Although they were not sure about going on this visit, my husband and nephew thoroughly enjoyed it. The prison site is a memorial, but while it is there to remember those who suffered under those regimes, we were not overcome by despair. It did provoke thought and a feeling of sadness that people had suffered and that others had made it their business to use their skills and position to play with people's minds. However, don't let this put you off. I would thoroughly recommend a visit.

5  Thank Reesiea1
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

The memorial was impressive but it didn't move me as it should have done. I got the sense that the artist wasn't sure what he was trying to convey

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