The Tränenpalast (English: "Palace of Tears") is a former border crossing point between East and West Berlin, at Berlin Friedrichstraße station, which was in operation between 1962 and 1989. It is now a museum with exhibitions about Berlin during the Cold War period and about the process of German reunification. It was the border crossing for travellers on the S-bahn, U-bahn and trains going between East and West Germany. It was used only for westbound border crossings. It had separate checkpoints for West Berliners, West Germans, foreigners, diplomats, transit travellers and East Germans.
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
This small, free museum is housed in a former departure hall between East and West Berlin once known to locals as the “Tränenpalast” (“Palace of Tears” in English) because of the many tearful farewells between family members and friends living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall. The museum has many of the actual signs and structures that were in the building before the reunification of Berlin in 1989. There are also many artifacts and video testimonials of individuals who were impacted by the harsh rules preventing most residents of East Berlin from traveling outside their city limits. In one small side room, archival news footage from both East and West Berlin plays on a loop (with English subtitles), showing the same events described in strikingly different terms by each side. Get here early to avoid the many school groups that visit during the week.
A must-see in Berlin. Visiting Palace of Tears was more overwhelming than visiting Berlin wall. In Palace of Tears you get a first-hand feeling from people from both East and West Germany at time of division and how false divisions separates human beings... Make sure you have napkins with yourself. Like many other visitors, I couldn't hold my tears back. In the era in which right-wing nationalism is rising again, visiting Palace of Tears is a must.