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Topography of Terror, Berlin

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Often chilling and always thought-provoking, Topography of Terror is an indoor and outdoor museum documenting the terror tactics used by the Nazi regime. You'll receive sobering insights into the Gestapo and SS activities that kept the city in a permanent state of terror and repression between 1933 and 1945. If visiting between spring and fall, don't miss the most striking of the site's features: an excavated cellar directly under the remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall. Many political prisoners were tortured and executed here (confirm on the website that the exhibit is open during your visit). You can visit three permanent exhibits about the Nazi years at the site's prize-winning documentation center, which opened in 2010. Explore the site on your own, or join a guided walking tour to learn about the Nazi policies at home and the Cold War tensions felt around the world. Make Topography of Terror a part of your Berlin vacation plans using our Berlin trip builder app .
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  • Free museum that focuses on the SS, Gestapo, and Vermachts horrific crimes around World War II. Audio guide that is free is also highly recommended.
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  • Where Berliners wanted this Museum, formerly stood the Gestapo and SS headquarters. And that in itself is very touching. The Interior follows a path along the birth and growth of Nazism until the Nuremberg trials. To do absolutely with audio guide. Is free of charge.
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  • If you want to learn more about the place where things are decided, as well as a recap on the story... go for it! It's free and you can take the audio guide against your ID! It is great for teenagers too.
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  • Take at least a whole morning or afternoon to go see this Museum ( if you really are into this part of history, that is). It’s an interesting experience and definitely worth to see both the material and the ground itself. There are lockers available to put your things (you only need to put a coin and you get it back when you are done) and written material available for purchase; if you get there early you can also grab audio guides in different languages. The experience is FREE of charge.
  • An important museum to visit. I found the photos of the victims to be powerful and those of the perpetrators to be unexpectedly enlightening. I hope in the future they will add artifacts and more deeply explore the stories of all involved.
  • Couldn't believe something this well-done was free. Very informative and sobering. Educational. Lots of reading. Good amount of pictures as well though. Half outdoors, half indoors.
  • A wonderful explanation of the history of dictatorship in Germany, the war and the wall. Very informative but in a relatively simple form, plenty of pictures. Large section of wall 75 too. Highly recommend to any travelers looking for information. Not a fun and vibey tourist stop however.
  • Important place to visit. Really explains how nazi Germany came to be, but certainly doesn't justify it. Very tastefully done with exceptional imagery and media that is not often seen elsewhere. If it's a warm day get there early or use sun cream. Much of it is outside. It's free though and absolutely worth the visit.
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