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Topography of Terror

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Address: Niederkirchnerstrasse 8, 10963 Berlin, Germany
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+49 4930 25450950
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 20:00
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 unique, horrifyingly unforgettable photographic review of the Nazis and their attrocities.

The sheer volume and extent of events covered by the photos shown on panel after panel in this exhibition bears witness to the unrelenting malice of the Nazis. This is not an... read more

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The sheer volume and extent of events covered by the photos shown on panel after panel in this exhibition bears witness to the unrelenting malice of the Nazis. This is not an anti-German story. It's more like a public apology, and the simple display of black and white photos and editorial in German and English without further dramatization would stand... More 

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Situated on the site of what was the Gestapo headquarter, this is a very difficult museum to visit, but worth it, if only to be reminded of what happening under nazi Germany. No punches are pulled. Even five minutes in this place will shock you. It is a very comprehensive exhibition of the terrors that were inflicted on various groups... More 

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the site where the Gestapo and the SS literally planned the concentration camps. Incredibly powerful and haunting place to be. The exhibit is very informative and free, which is great. When we were there there seemed to be a school group, which sort of ruined the mood, but that's not the fault of the exhibit. A powerful, haunting... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Some people might really enjoy this museum, but I found the sheer volume of information overwhelming. Panel after panel after panel of text - I felt as though I could have just sat down and read a book to get the same information. I wish they had done a better job of using the location and space.

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Wales
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walking along the remains of the wall and seeing the excavated cellars of the Gestapos' reign of terror was interesting. The accompanying modern exhibition devoted entirely to the Nazi's reign of terror via the SS, SA, Gestapo was comprehensive but TBH began to get boring and there is only so much information on atrocities one can absorb without becoming inured... More 

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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I wasn't sure what to expect from this exhibition but I can honestly say the presentation of material was outstanding. Spent 3 hours here could have stayed longer . Informative without being over detailed. A must is to listen to the recordings very chilling.

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Thank shearerhols
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a very informative historical museum that is worth visiting when in Berlin. It has an incredible amount of detail and is very accessible. Also it's free which is good.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent place to learn about the horror of the rise to power of Hilter and the terror he unleashed and the clever planing of the breakdown of democracy and the terror that holds. A lesson never to be forgotten and very well done

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited the Typography of Terrors twice because I didn't have enough time to finish reading everything the first time. There's lots of information to read and take in, so I'd suggest that you don't put this as the last activity of your day because you might be a little too tired to concentrate like I was. The second time... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is packed with information. The visitors walk through a series of boards and tables with information printed everywhere. Perhaps the audio tour would have made this less strenuous, but without it, the museum took a good 4+ hours to complete. It was really important information, though. I would say this is a do not miss because it showed... More 

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