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© Stiftung Haus der Geschichte / Christoph Petras
(c) Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland/Axel Thünker
(c) Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland/Axel Thünker
(c) Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland/Axel Thünker

The building constructed in 1962 at Friedrichstraße train station in Berlin – known colloquially as the "Tränenpalast" or "Palace of Tears" – served the GDR dictatorship until 1990 as a departure terminal for people leaving the GDR for West Berlin. Like no other location, the pavilion serves as a reminder of the partition of Germany and of all the fates connected with it. Many individuals were forced to say goodbye to friends and relatives here. East Germans were painfully reminded time and again that the border was closed to them, while many others found themselves powerless in the face of bullying border guards.
In 2011, the foundation known as the "Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland" opened a permanent exhibition entitled "  Tränenpalast. Ort der deutschen Teilung" ("Palace of Tears. Side of German Division") in the building, which is now a historically protected monument. Using a wide array of original objects, documents, films and interviews, the exhibition helps to portray the effects of this division and border on the daily lives of Germans.
 

Opening hours,

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday-Friday 09:00 - 19:00
  • Saturday-Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Last entry

15 Min. vor Schließung

Since 21 May you can visit the permanent exhibiton again. Please follow these rules during your visit.

Book an appointment for Tränenpalast (only in German)

  • 1. January 10:00 - 18:00
  • 3. October 09:00 - 19:00
  • 24. December closed
  • 25. December 10:00 - 18:00
  • 26. December 10:00 - 18:00
  • 31. December closed

Location,

Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin

Telephone,

+49 (30) 467 77 79-0

Fax,

+49 (30) 467 77 79-17

Website,

www.hdg.de/berlin/traene…

Email,

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Prices,

Free entrance

Exhibitions

Events

(c) Stiftung Haus der Geschichte/Stephan Klonk

Tränenpalast – Palace of Tears

Bahnhofsrundgang

Guided Tour

© Stiftung Haus der Geschichte / Christoph Petras

Tränenpalast – Palace of Tears

Begleitung durch die Ausstellung in leichter Sprache

Guided Tour

© Stiftung Haus der Geschichte / Christoph Petras

Tränenpalast – Palace of Tears

Palace of Tears english tour

Guided Tour

© Stiftung Haus der Geschichte / Christoph Petras

Tränenpalast – Palace of Tears

Bahnhofsrundgang

Bookable group offer

Digital

Tickets

Free entrance

Booking Telephone

+49 (30) 46 77 77 9-11

Services

  • Museum Shop
  • Diaper changing table

Accessibility

Audioguides

In German, English, French, Italian, Spanish.