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Museum in der Runden Ecke (Museum in the Round Corner)
Ranked #9 of 150 things to do in Leipzig
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Owner description: Original office of the secret police. The building now presents these police documents and their surveillance equipment to the public.
Richmond, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Time Machine”
Reviewed 16 December 2013

This is the former HQ of the Stasi , the infamous Secret Police of the former DDR , you walk trough the heavy door and you jump stright to the 70ies , in the " heat " of the Cold War . It's all preserved as it was at the time . I happen to visit exactly 24 years to the day , ( 4th of December ) when the people of Leipzig take control of the building .
Be aware that the small explanatory plates are only in German but there are audioguide available for a small fee . The museum itself is free of charge.

Visited December 2013
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Mount Vernon, New York
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109 reviews
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“powerful, necessary, excellent and intelligent”
Reviewed 4 December 2013

the hour it will take you to go through this - with a superior audio guide - will give you chills. This is the ACTUAL building where people were brought, detained, imprisoned. A little tricky to find it - but it will never leave your awareness of the horror of a police state.

Visited November 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

An interesting exhibition that requires an English Audioguide at 4€ as the vast amount of written information is in German only, therefore you miss a lot of the purpose of some of the materials on display. A good visit none the less and provokes a thought about the recent revelations ... It can get busy and the rooms are small so make a visit early in the day is my tip.

Visited November 2013
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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Very Disturbing”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

The Runde Ecke is basically exactly the same today as it was in 1989. Well, that's what they claim, anyway, and the claim is believable. Want to see the tiny cameras and phone bugging equipment the secret police used to spy on their neighbors? Or the disguises they wore to avoid being recognized? The equipment they used to spy on people's mail? It's all here, plus a lot more eerie stuff. With the well preserved offices and original wall paper and flooring, you can really picture this building crawling with Stasi goons ruthlessly persecuting their victims. There is a good, inexpensive audio guide which takes you through the whole place reasonably quickly. The grittiness and cold, brutal reality really struck me. The smell and look of the place combined with the exhibits drive home the brutality and mercilessness of the Stasi, and the state in general. The authenticity makes this one of the best Cold War museums I've seen.

Visited September 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“A must if you are in Leipzig”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

We enjoyed our visit but thought the museum lacked the intensity of the Stasi museum in Berlin. The museum exhibits seem deliberately understated/shabby to reflect how the Stasi operated. All the written information is in German but it is worth paying for the audio guide.

Visited September 2013
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