Berlin

Tränenpalast

  Reichstagufer 17, Mitte ,   Berlin-Mitte          +49 30 46 77 77 9-11     more than a year ago
The Border Experiences exhibition highlights the everyday reality of the border running through Berlin. The glass pavilion beside Friedrichstraße station was the main border crossing between West and East Berlin between the 1960s and 1990. Trains from West Berlin arrived here, separate from the East German platform, and arrivals were checked, searched, regularly humiliated, and required to exchange 25 marks. Those visiting family and friends in the East may never see them again, hence the name 'Palace of Tears'. Suitcases of memories tell the stories of GDR emigrants, escapees and returnees; maps show the planning of the implementation of the Wall, photos recall the political tensions that saw US and Soviet tanks face each other in October 1961, and there are videos of a lady working in the Intershop duty free kiosk and a glum border guard, indignant that the Wall (and his job) didn't last 100 years as promised.
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Tram stop

S/U Friedrichstraße

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besucherdienst-berlin@hdg.de

Open

Open 09:00-19:00, Sat, Sun 10:00-18:00. Closed Mon.

Price/Additional Info

Admission free.

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