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  • Address: Reichstagufer 17, Berlin, Germany 10117
  • Hours: Monday closed Tuesday-Friday 9am-7pm Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm

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Palace of Tears Tours

Palace of Tears, or Tränenpalast in German, is a building at Berlin's Friedrichstrasse station that was a border crossing point during the time when the city was split between East and West. It was used by people crossing into West Berlin, so those transiting through here were mostly people who lived in West Berlin who were returning home after visiting family in East Berlin. Due to the painful good-byes that took place here, it was dubbed the Palace of Tears. It was built in 1962 and operated until the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.

Today it serves as a museum with a permanent exhibition detailing the border experience and every day life in the divided Germany. Visitors can view original materials, photographs, films, documents, and interviews with witnesses, all of which document the effects and consequences of the border on the lives of Germans during this time. The exhibition also displays information on the key turning points of the reunification process.

Practical Info

Palace of Tears is located at Reichstagufer 17. Take the U6, S1, S2, S5, S7, S25, or S75 to the Friedrichstrasse station. The museum is on the north side of the station. Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday to Sunday 10am to 6pm, and closed on Mondays. Entrance is free.

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Small-Group Hidden Berlin Walking Tour: Palace of Tears, Jewish Quarter, Museum Island and Back ... 
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Small-Group Hidden Berlin Walking Tour: Palace of Tears, Jewish Quarter, Museum Island and Back Streets

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Join this 4-hour walking tour of hidden Berlin and see why Claudia Schiffer said 'Berlin is like being abroad in Germany' on this revealing Berlin tour which ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.37
Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin, Berlin, Cultural Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 142 Reviews

This guided Berlin walking tour will show you the staging ground of the military conflict between the Western world and the communist world. With your expert ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $16.30
Private 3-Hour Berlin Walking Tour: East and West Berlin Cold War Tour with a Local Host, Berlin, ... 
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Private 3-Hour Berlin Walking Tour: East and West Berlin Cold War Tour with a Local Host

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Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour in recent history and understand more about Berlin during Cold War from a local passionate about its fascinating history in this ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.78
Berlin Wall And Cold War Walking Tour in Berlin, Berlin, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Berlin Wall And Cold War Walking Tour in Berlin

Join this guided Berlin walking tour and learn about Berlin Wall and the Cold War in the city. See the main sights of the Cold War in Berlin and learn about ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.70
Small-Group Berlin Segway Tour, Berlin, Walking Tours
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Small-Group Berlin Segway Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Explore Berlin on this 1.5- or 2.5 to 3-hour (depending on option selected) guided Segway tour. Cruise through Berlin in a small-group and admire the reunited ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.81
3-Hour East Berlin Walking Tour, Berlin, Segway Tours
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3-Hour East Berlin Walking Tour

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The Cold War fought its battles in the shadows of Berlin. Leave the center of town and head east to explore Berlin’s former Soviet Sector and learn about life ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $16.30
Private Half-Day Berlin Bike Tour: Berlin Wall and Cold War Sites, Berlin, Walking Tours
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Private Half-Day Berlin Bike Tour: Berlin Wall and Cold War Sites

Follow the route of the Berlin Wall on this 4-hour bike tour. Explore the authentic sites, see the former "death strip" and learn about how it cut ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $231.67

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