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Topography of Terror, Berlin

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#1 of 168 in Museums in Berlin
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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  • A visit to this museum to have a (very!) comprehensive vision of the rise of the nazi party and the way which it methodically structured its progress and its grip. The site covers the period from 1933 until the post-war period. The exhibition is very well done, extremely rich in photos and chilling administrative documents factual nature, is summarizing disembodied accounting. Feels as and as our progress among the chapters of the exhibition, the no less irresistible progress of a nameless horror. A book is available in several languages, for €20. I'm sorry to not have it taken so it seemed complete for this price :-). Accuracy: the information is provided in German and English only. Ah! Last thing: admission is free, which is surprising considering the quality and completeness of the site. Bravo.
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  • It is a free Museum full of photos, videos, testimonials, biographies... On the persecution of the Jews and Gypsies, both in Germany and in Poland, the Netherlands, Italy... Outside there is a part of the Berlin wall which remains intact. Everything is in German and English, so if you do not control any of these languages it is not much worth going.
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  • sure do, really the trouble, make sure that you definitely have enough time, lot of reading, something you look at is
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  • Great, nuanced exhibition on the inner workings of the Nazi regime. Some parts are difficult to stomach, but nevertheless very informative and interesting. Audio guide is recommended. Outside the building you'll see fragments of the Berlin Wall along with a short timeline depicting the rise of the Nazi party in open air. Overall great place to visit and well worth the high scoring.
  • I found this very interesting to visit in Berlin. I really liked that the same display can be viewed outdoors (we were blessed with the weather) and also indoors for use of the toilets. The information is facinating and I really admire the Germans no holes barred admission of the atrocities they facilitated in the past. A lot of countries could take the lead from Germany!
  • The Germans love for meticulous documentation is shown in this place. The history of how Hitler rose to power and the crimes he committed was well documented in this place. But there was too much to learn in few hours. If you are really interested in history I would recommend you spend atleast 4-5 hours in this place to grab atleast half of the information provided. I would recommend a guided tour if you love history and have very less time to spare in Berlin.
  • An absolute must visit. The amount of history located at just this place is intense. The museum does an amazing job of openly and respectfully presenting such a difficult, disgusting, tragic part of history. Truly an emotional but educational and important experience.. and it’s free!
  • Moving and sensitively done. The event descriptions are written on blocks that hang from the ceiling. The swaying of the blocks while you're trying to read made me feel a bit queasy. Good tea selection in the cafe and good restrooms
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