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Topography of Terror

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Address: Niederkirchnerstrasse 8, 10963 Berlin, Germany
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+49 4930 25450950
10:00 - 20:00
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Since 1987 a permanent exhibition at the site where the headquarters of the...

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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A must do visit, but prepared for an emotional roller coaster.

There is a lot of reading to do. Some incredible photographs of the 1933-45 nazi reign. Not child friendly.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a documentation center/museum Indoor and Outdoors. It's very interesting and you will learn more about the Third Reich. It's free and it's worth to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is a lot of reading to do. Some incredible photographs of the 1933-45 nazi reign. Not child friendly.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I came across this spot when I was exploring the city. They have signage explaining the remains of the buildings and how they were associated with the Nazi regime. I then walked along part of the Berlin wall as I walked towards Checkpoint Charlie.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interesting, fascinating, terrifying and sobering in equal measure. You can spend hours here and follow the history of the Nazi party from its earliest begginnings, right through the war and the Nurembourg trials afterwards. thought I knew a lot about this until I came here. Some of the material is graphic and shocking and I would be surprised if you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very thought provoking site. Large section of Berlin Wall to view and the remains of dungeons can be seen. Inside this free museum there are many photos with explanations in English with some videos clips to watch. Everyone walked round in silence. Toilets and small cafe. Would recommend for adults it's not really for children.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place allows one to take in a great deal of history at their own pace. There are tons of photos and detailed accounts of all aspects of WW2.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this on a cool grey day creating an even more dramatic introduction to the horrors of the second world war. Starting outside with parts of the Berlin wall on show with graffiti from its decades of standing. A symbol of old rule east and west. The remains of the building that housed some of the main characters of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Highly recommended. A reminder to all people to love their fellow human and to be tolerant of differences.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Highly recommend.Approach from outside is bland and industrial.Great place to get wall pics. Atmosphere very muted and tense.Difficult but worthwhile.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very well designed and well written descriptions. Gets you thinking and everything is explained for those who's history of WW2 is a little lacking. Some bits are quite shocking and involves an awful lot of reading, there are some attempts at some interactive elements too. Brilliant considering entry is free. On the list of must-do things in Berlin.

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