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© Stiftung Haus der Geschichte / Christoph Petras
Modell vom Tränenpalast
(c) Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland/Axel Thünker
Überreste der Grenzübergangsstelle
(c) Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland/Axel Thünker
Der ehemalige Durchgang zum Bahnhof
(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

  • 1. January 10:00 - 18:00
  • 8. March 10:00 - 18:00
  • 1. May 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


Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin


+49 (30) 467 77 79-0


+49 (30) 467 77 79-17



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Free entrance



© C.H. Beck Verlag © Matthias Heyse, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Book launch and talk "Sorting Machines. The reinvention of the frontier in the 21st century"

Author and sociologist Steffen Mau in conversation with Ute Welty, editor for Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Lecture, talk



Free entrance

Booking Telephone

+49 (30) 46 77 77 9-11


  • Museum Shop
  • Diaper changing table



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