Topography of Terror
Topography of Terror
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Since 1987 a permanent exhibition at the site where the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office were located during the “Third Reich” has been providing information to the public about the most important institutions of National Socialist persecution and terror. The documentary exhibition conveys the European dimensions of the Nazi reign of terror.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (Borough)
How to get there
  • Anhalter Bahnhof • 4 min walk
  • Kochstraße • 6 min walk
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  • David B
    El Barco de Avila, Spain625 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Portrait of Nazi Repression
    This site formed the former SS Headquarters (now destroyed) and you can now visit (free) an exhibition of the rise to power of the Nazis and the techniques employed to control and terrorise their opponents. The exhibition consists mainly of information panels and photos and tells the stories of individual victims of the regime. Outside you can view more information panels and a long stretch of the Berlin Wall.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 June 2023
  • AllanJGJ
    Wellington, New Zealand4,204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Comprehensive chronology
    If you're after a comprehensive blow-by-blow walkthrough of the Nazi regime this is the place for you. Excellent photos and chronology. You could easily spend two or three hours in here to read everything. On the other hand if you just want to dip in and out of the material it's still worth a visit. And there's no charge.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 June 2023
  • MagdaM138
    London, United Kingdom181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Need to be seen
    The Topography of Terror in Berlin is an outdoor exhibition located where the headquarters of the Gestapo and SS once stood. The concept of the exhibition is to show an imaginary line that joins the dots from the Nazi regime's rise to power through the WW2, the consequences of the war, to the erection of the Berlin Wall and eventually the collapse of the Wall and the reunification of Germany. Through a combination of photographs, documents, and personal accounts one can clearly see that every action causes a reaction….
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 June 2023
  • Dave H
    St. Albans, United Kingdom51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Massively enlightening
    The exhibition provided an excellent explanation of how the Nazi machine coerced the population into endorsing the myth of the Volk. It brought home to me how robust and morally robust those who opposed the Nazis must have been. All modern leaders of countries should attend this museum and should not be allowed to leave until they understand the massive negative impact of populism.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Schisler1978
    50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    We visited this exhibition is at the site where the Gestapo, the SS and the Reich Main Security Office were located during the reign is the Nazis. It is very detailed with lots of reading. The exhibition is free and you can download an audio guide on your phone. It is a little difficult to follow the guide. A very sobering exhibit. It took us about 4 hours inside.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Banana
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot of interesting reading
    Very, very interesting. Also a LOT of reading. The museum is essentially easels of photos with descriptions, from the start of Nazi Germany until war's end. Almost too much information to truly digest. Not a "fun" museum, but important and insightful. Also--free. A great afternoon stop for history buffs and those who want more insights on all fronts, from beginning to end.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Phillygirlagain
    588 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very well done exhibit
    This exhibit is really well done and shockingly free. The audio guide is done through your smartphone, which is convenient and hygienic, and you’re given plenty of time to ponder and reflect. Sometimes, it can get a little confusing finding what the audio tour is referring to, but don’t panic - you’re given plenty of time to find it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 July 2023
  • 00Shawn00
    Swindon, United Kingdom360 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make sure to visit
    To be honest we had never heard of this place or knew what it was. We came across it as we were walking between check point Charlie to the car park that covers hostlers bunker. However, it was a really interesting find. The museum is free with two main sections. Outside you have a time line with information that runs along the ruins of the front of the former ss building. Inside is an exhibit that tells you about all of the third reich locations that they ruled from, what each section of the government did and what they were responsible for. It then leads in to sections on parts of the war, how certain peoples were treated with first person accounts and lots of pictures. It’s a place definitely worth a visit. You’d need about 2 hours at least to read everything. There aren’t many seats so if you find standing for a long time difficult it may be worth factoring that in, but downstairs is a cafe and some seating so you can take a break. Very clean, well organised museum with everything written in German and English. Thoroughly recommend!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Sheepy-Princess
    Cardiff, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute must-visit in Berlin
    You just cannot visit Berlin without going here! Everything you need to know to understand the rise of Hitler and the subsequent atrocities that followed the Nazi regime. Free entry. Free audio guide (on your own phone- you might want to take headphones). You need a good few hours to get around everything. Walking distance from Checkpoint Charlie. There is a small cafe here.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Sharon N
    54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative museum
    This was so powerful and atmospheric. I found that all visitors were very respectful in creating the ambience. The information provided is very thorough and emotive. There is a good portion of the wall outside. This was open until 7pm which is good if you only have a couple of days in Berlin. Toilets are available.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
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Ari M
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Interior and exterior are great and incredibly informative. You can feel the story emerging while walking along the exhibits. Area is good as well and it is of course free!
Written 26 May 2024
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jman26
Glasgow, UK497 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
Should be a must visit when in Berlin as it was really interesting and provides lots of information that can be viewed at your own pace.
Although the site was busy we still had lots of space and time to explore the site and learn some very important information.
The whole site is free to enter and is well worth a visit which you should allow yourself at least 2/3 hours to take in the whole site
Written 23 May 2024
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Lucas Cooper
Tromso, Norway11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
The Topography of Terror in Berlin is a profoundly impactful and meticulously curated museum and documentation center that offers an in-depth look into the atrocities of the Nazi regime. Located on the site that once housed the Gestapo and SS headquarters, the museum stands as a stark reminder of the horrors inflicted during this dark period in history.
Written 23 May 2024
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Host29
Milan, Italy931 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
A must see when there. Pictures and notes will guide you through the German hystory from late 800 to cold war. Located close to the Berlin wall. A must see for all.
Written 20 May 2024
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Helena S
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A really good explanation of the build up to the rise of the Nazi party in 1930s Germany. Very heavy and a lot of text but I felt I needed to go. The audio guide provided on your phone with free WiFi is excellent.
Written 17 May 2024
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Chgo_biz_trvler
Chicago, IL30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Comprehensive thoughtful (exhaustive and exhausting) look at rise and reign of Nazis in Germany. There is also a long original segment of the Berlin Wall that runs along the edge of the property, but the museum is not focused on the Wall.
Written 16 May 2024
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47SLS
Southampton, UK155 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Worth taking time out to walk through this exhibit but the outside piece is static boards plus some audio. It is essentially factual ans puts a human face in many the key points in the reign of the third Reich.
Written 12 May 2024
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Rachel C
56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Free and detailed history of the rise and fall of nazi germany. Interesting pictures and oversight of the third reich. Spent 1.5 hours here, only 5 minutes walk from checkpoint Charlie
Written 6 May 2024
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SonomaNut
Sonoma, CA1,106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Not like going to a concentration camp, but graphic thru photos and descriptions of Nazi era. Very bad.
Well designed and researched. Free, worth at least one hour. Do the outside timeline first.
Written 28 April 2024
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kpadlard
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The outdoor display was disappointing to say the least. Basically nothing about concentration camps or what the Nazis did in occupied territories. It’s just an overview of the years 1933-45. What a whitewash! This place is called Topography of Terror but has very little about the terrors of the Nazis, Gestapo and SS.
Written 25 April 2024
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