Palace of Tears
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Palace of Tears

The Palace of Tears, also known as, Tränenpalast is a former border crossing point between East and West Berlin. It is located at the prominent Berlin Friedrichstraße station, and was a crossing point operational between 1962 and 1989. You can now visit this as a museum, which houses some excellent exhibitions about Berlin during the Cold War period and about the process of German reunification.

Audioguides are free of use and the museum also offer the free Guide “Tracing history” at the information desk. This includes information "What role did the Palace of Tears play after the Berlin Wall was built? What impact did the division of Germany have on people’s daily lives in East and West?"

The self-guided tour ”Papers, please!“ invites young people to explore these questions in the permanent exhibition at this historic site. At six stations, students can investigate original objects, documents and photos and discover history’s relevance for their own lives today.

Image credits:

© Foundation House of History/Christoph Petras