Topography of Terror Museum, Berlin

Topography of Terror Museum, Berlin (must see)

Charting the history of persecution in Germany and the rise of the Nazi/SS organizations, Topography of Terror is a chilling memorial for one of the cruelest interrogation agencies since the Inquisition. Although the buildings that housed the Gestapo and SS headquarters were largely destroyed by Allied bombing during early 1945 and the ruins demolished after the war, the outer wall here survived and is used for an outdoor chronological display of photos and documents, adjacent to the excavated basement of a Third Reich-era Gestapo headquarters.

A must-see for all who want to learn about the dark history of the Nazi party, the indoor museum is tastefully presented in a bright modern building, which includes a café and free restrooms. While it is indeed quite difficult/overwhelming to digest everything, the information is presented very clearly and in a factual way, split into different themes, covering different countries and groups of people. The curation excels with an excellent mix of photos, letters, documents and audiovisual materials which, put together, tell a very difficult story in a sensitive but unflinching way. After leaving coats and bags in the lockers, be sure to take the excellent self-guided audio tour.

Tip:
For the memorial/storyboard outside, start from the left and if going in wintertime make sure to wrap up as it can get cold.
Consider taking the free English tour at 3:30pm on Sundays for a quicker overview without going through every panel.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-8pm; free admission

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Sight Name: Topography of Terror Museum
Sight Location: Berlin, Germany
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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