The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial (German: Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen) is a museum and memorial located in Berlin's north-eastern Lichtenberg district in the locality of Alt-Hohenschönhausen, part of the former borough of Hohenschönhausen. It was opened in 1994 on the site of the main political prison of the former East German Communist Ministry of State Security, the Stasi.
Unlike many other government and military institutions in East Germany, Hohenschönhausen prison was not stormed by demonstrators after the fall of the Berlin Wall, allowing prison authorities to destroy evidence of the prison's functions and history. Because of this, today's knowledge of the functioning of the prison comes mainly from eye-witness accounts and documents sourced from other East German institutions.
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|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
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|Sunday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
Aniketh Reddy | Jan 21, 2018
Great place to visit if you're in Berlin. Gives you a window into the life in East Germany during the cold war era. They have guided tours in English and German which last for around an hour. There's also a museum with various Soviet items on display. Overall, a must see.
Mervin Lim | Jan 9, 2018
Significant historical place. The guide we had was superb, he explained everything very well in English. Brought us around and showed us every bit of details. The tour took around 2 hours to conclude (excluding the exhibits). By the end of the tour, we were too tired for the exbihit and left without seeing it.
Michael Whitaker | Jan 23, 2018
A very important trip for every human being. We must always be mindful, and reflect upon the injustices of the past. Talking to the ex-prisoners made this experience unforgettable. I am so very greatful to them, for sharing such painful memories, and to help educate my ignorant self, and others, of whom will hopefully never know such horrors.
Chris Whittle | Jan 27, 2018
This is one of the most interesting, and chilling, places I have been to. The English language guide was excellent, and it really brings the full horror of being incarcerated in "the system" to life. The whole DDR machine gets called into question when you visit this place. You need to allow at least 4 hours for the tour of the prison and the museum. It is still used today to capture accurate footage when film making, and if you watch Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies after your visit you might recognise a few scenes. In all of our wonderful Berlin tour this was a real highlight, but recognise that it is a no holds barred story of oppression of people, many innocent. Treasure your western freedom.
Stefan Schulte | Jan 4, 2018
This is by far one of the most impressive historic sights I have ever been to. All tours are done by former inmates of the prison who suffered from the political suppression in Eastern Germany. They will show you around the prison and talk about their personal experiences, e.g. how it was like for them to arrive at the prison, how they were treated etc. This is a must-see when going to Berlin to learn about the GDR.
Deanne Kitching | Apr 2, 2018
What an amazing opportunity to have history told by someone who was there and experienced the cruelties and absurdities of a totalitarian regime. I wish that I had asked for the name of my guide last Monday. He was truly an inspirational and honest man.
Bert Boomkamp | Apr 7, 2018
An amazing tour about the horrifying interrogations that were performed by the stazi. Definitely a place you need to visite when you visite Berlin.
Betina V | Jun 17, 2018
Huge place. Very nice that we got a movie to watch at first. A movie with facts and history about the place. Very nice guided tours, and very big, nice exhibition we could watch on our own.
Hendrik Lux | Jun 17, 2018
Very impressive museum about life in the GDR. Most tours are lead by former political prisoners. Would have liked a bit more scientific input, it's still mostly based on personal experiences, quite a pity for this kind of place.
Aileen Chen | Jul 2, 2018
Tour guides are fantastic, interesting and moving your and history into DDR past. Really recommend all those who visit Berlin to come here.
Maarten Vos | May 16, 2018
Very impressive and worth every minute. Experience the horrors of the Stasi. If you can take the German tour. Chances are an ex-inmate shows you around.
Darshan Santoki | Jun 1, 2018
Berlin's very famous prison for torturing Anti Nazi and anti stasi people. Many cruel stories placed here. Also the way stasi managed this place is awesome.
Katelyn Robinson | Jul 15, 2018
Went on Sunday and we were so interested in the history and to understand the experience of the prisoners, however we were extremely disappointed in our tour. The tour guide was a young man who showed no emotion through the tour. The tour was basically like "here is a room, people were interrogated here", no personal stories, any stories or interesting facts. I am sure it is an amazing tour if you are lucky enough to be guided by one of the former prisoners. We also were not shown any movie that other reviews mentioned. Overall interesting but not the trip.
Shiv Patel | Jul 11, 2018
We went there with a group of exchange students and the whole group had really positive reviews about the prison. The guides were very good and were really happy to answer all the questions.
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