Palace of Tears. Everyday life in Divided Germany

permanent exhibition

in short

The exhibition in the Tränenpalast at Friedrichstraße station with over 550 square meters showcases real-life stories, 570 objects and 30 media stations illustrating everyday life in a divided Germany. The display also presents the key turning points in the process of reunification.
Ausstellungsplakat "Tränenpalast. Alltag der deutschen Teilung"
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Visitor entrance

Tränenpalast - Palace of Tears at Friedrichstraße station
Reichstagufer 17
10117 Berlin

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in detail

Leave-taking and longing, resentment and despair. The emotional experience of leaving East Germany for West Germany is never as intense as at Berlin’s Friedrichstraße Station border crossing point, called the "Tränenpalast" – "Palace of Tears". Here, people directly experience the impact of a divided Germany on their personal lives. The role of the Tränenpalast only changes after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Foundation presents the "Palace of Tears. Everyday life in Divided Germany" permanent exhibition at the original location of the Tränenpalast, now a listed building. With a combination of real-life stories, original objects and interviews with contemporary witnesses, the exhibition provides a vivid insight into life in the shadow of division and the border. The display also presents the key turning points in the reunification process.
Eintritt frei / Admission free
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Opening Times

10:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 18:00
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