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History is palpable in Berlin. The tumultuous past of Germany remains in the forefront of its citizens’ minds through monuments, memorials, and the few historic sites that weren’t bombed during WWII. Be sure to visit these five in the capital city.
You’ll have to head east for a deeper look into Soviet East Germany; these are some of the only landmarks that weren’t stormed by citizens after the fall of the Wall.
Completed in 2004, the holocaust memorial is considered to be one of the most harrowing of our time, representing a system of lost touch with humanity.
It was damaged during WWII, then hidden away between the East and West sides of the Berlin Wall. Restored and public, Germany’s most famous landmark is pure Prussian stateliness.
Berliners call the Gedächtniskirche “The Hollow Tooth” because its spire was never reconstructed after WWII to serve as a reminder of war’s terrible destruction.
Small lengths of graffiti-covered giants remain of The Wall, that which divided Europe with its internal “death strip” from 1961 to 1989.
Berlin’s public transportation system is fantastic. Buy a week pass or a bundle of four single tickets at a time to save a little spending cash.
The city has one of the best global infrastructures for tourism. Take advantage of it! Check out visitberlin.de or look into purchasing a Berlin WelcomeCard, your flatrate ticket that includes train fare, a city map, guide, and discounts on nearly 200 attractions.
- When to visitThe Stasi Museum is open Monday through Friday 10:00AM to 6:00PM, weekends and holidays 11:00AM to 6:00PM.
- What is the price?Adult tickets to the Stasi Museum start at 6€ and continue up depending on tours and packages.
- Will I need a guide?With so much to important and emotional history to cover, a guide will definitely help to gain a deeper understanding.
- How to get thereTake the U5 train to the Magdalenenstrasse Station and use the exit at Ruschestrasse.
- Additional tips
- Please remember to remain respectful, as the musueum and other sites can be extremely emotional for some people.
What People Are Saying About Stasi Museum
We had an amazing time listening to Sam explanations. They are so easy to follow, full of passion and knowledge that fascinated us.
I had miscalculated and as an old and overweight man this 'Walking tour' Was real tough for me. So when I say that this was a fascinating and engaging tour this is because the guide, the subject matter and the setting were all excellent. I strongly recomend.
Of course you have to like history, and want to feel as if you were back in that time .. then you will love it. There was a couple of uninterested tourists in the group, I don't even understand WHY you would go on a 4 h tour if you're not interested in the topic, and just don't listen. Anyway we had a lot of fun and got to understand a lot. The guide was super responsive and knew answers to the weirdest questions we asked. Definitely he knew what he was talking about!
Simple to use and absolutely great deal when used to see the main museums and sightseeing tours like the boat cruise and hop-on bus.
Lewis, our guide, was brilliant. He really knew what he was talking about and responded to questions in an interested and thoughtful manner. We absolutely loved this tour and have already recommended it to friends. Thank you.