Topography of Terror

Topography of Terror, Berlin: Hours, Address, Topography of Terror Reviews: 4.5/5

Topography of Terror
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Since 1987 a permanent exhibition at the site where the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office were located during the “Third Reich” has been providing information to the public about the most important institutions of National Socialist persecution and terror. The documentary exhibition conveys the European dimensions of the Nazi reign of terror.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (Borough)
How to get there
  • Anhalter Bahnhof • 4 min walk
  • Kochstraße • 6 min walk
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Sebastian P
1 contribution
Did not accept our vaccine certificate
Nov. 2021 • Couples
We were not allowed in despite having a vaccination certificate that had all the required information and my ID simply because it wasn’t European and the QR cose did not work in the german app. We have had no problems with our certificate anywhere else in Germany and have been here for a week. Extremely dissapointing as I love history. The man himself admitted this was discriminatory but said there was nothing he could do.
Written 24 November 2021
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Neil C
Old Windsor, UK293 contributions
Reveals the rise and fall of Nazi Germany
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Some aspects of German history can be confusing but this exhibition timelines the rise and fall of Nazi Germany in a fascinating narrative with photos. Not sure why it isn’t higher up the rankings for “must dos” but I think it’s an important place to visit.
Written 27 September 2021
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Simon B
7 contributions
A rare WW2 feature in Berlin
Sep. 2021
There isn't as much of Berlin's history from the last 100 years on show as you'd think. Most of the wall has gone (although transporting a section outside of your establishment seems to be a thing) and the reign of the Nazis has been left in the past. However, it is an important part of world history and offers lessons for the future. The Topography of Terror does really well to convey that in its exhibition, telling as it does the factual history as well as bringing some of the participants of the terror (victims and perpetrators) to life.
Written 26 September 2021
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Kevin B
114 contributions
Very moving....
Sep. 2021
Free entry to extraordinary exhibits full of information and in several languages. A sobering look at the Gestapo and the SS in what they were all about and their ultimate goal. Give yourself time to complete (2-3 hours).
Written 25 September 2021
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Eyekaytoo
Leverkusen, Germany1,912 contributions
A very sobering experience
Aug. 2021
I walked over to this special museum from Checkpoint Charlie one sunny Saturday back in August. Entry is free and there is a lot to see in the form of posters, photos and narrative from the Nazi years, essentially from 1933 until 1945.

I walked slowly around the indoor exhibition on my own and then, fortuitously joined a guided tour with a very informative lady who brought things even further to life. It was a fascinating tour, thoughtfully and sensitively explained in quite some (horrific) detail. Any parallels to modern day politics in some countries are surely coincidental!

Anyway, for anybody who wants to learn how the Nazis were able to dominate such a critical period of the last century then this place is certainly worth a visit. But it's not for the faint hearted...
Written 13 September 2021
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Roy
46 contributions
Excellent History, Needed More Time
Jul. 2021
An absolutely fascinating Nazi history. Great location outside, SS and Gestapo HQ walls to walk around but the inside histography is amazing. It charts the history of the Nazi from start to finish, with much archive material in German and English. One of the best museums I have visited.
Written 24 August 2021
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Marcel C
France28 contributions
Worth the detour
Aug. 2021
Exhibits are very well researched and laid out. Really puts light on how the Gestapo and SS grew into what most people know of them. Did not know they started in the regime of terror so early in 1933 / 34.
Written 23 August 2021
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland21,379 contributions
Interesting museum
Jul. 2021
This museum near Potsdamer Platz showcases the atrocities of the Nazi regime. The headquarters of the SS and the Gestapo were located on the same site.

During the Cold War, the place remained on the west side of Berlin, but right next to the border zone, as the Berlin Wall ran directly in front of it.

The museum has operated as an open-air exhibition since 1987, but since 2010 it has also had its own exhibition building.

The museum’s open-air exhibition operates in part below street level and includes surviving foundations and basement spaces from destroyed buildings. There is also a 200-meter-long preserved section of the Berlin Wall that ran right next to this block.

The entrance is free.
Written 8 August 2021
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R&R
Langley, Canada88 contributions
Our favourite site in Berlin
Aug. 2021
This is such an impressive exhibition. We were lucky to take part in both the inside and outdoor grounds guided tours. Both tours and entry into the exhibition are free, you must register at the front desk as they allow groups of up to 10 at a time. We highly recommend the tours and will definitely return the next time we are in Berlin. There is so much to see and learn, they have done a great job laying it all out.
Written 4 August 2021
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Clogs
Warsaw, Poland2,945 contributions
Auspicious and informative
Oct. 2020 • Solo
Rather informative exhibition of the dark eras of National Socialism, the location, right next to remnants of the wall, is (for me) extra auspicious and laden. I spent a mindful and introspective half hour, wandering the lot, taking in the exhibition and remaining segments of the Mauer. Good visit.
Written 3 August 2021
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