"Stasi Museum" History - Cold War Tip by trvlrtom

History - Cold War, Berlin: 56 reviews and 129 photos

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  • Entrance to the Stasi museum - Berlin
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The headquarters of the former East German secret police is now open for you to explore. Visitors can look around the offices and conference rooms of secret police chief Erich Mielke, have coffee in the cafeteria they used, and examine a series of exhibits displaying bugging devices, spy cameras etc.

It is quite fascinating to walk calmly and curiously through what once was the center of an imposing police state. The low quality furniture and surroundings may say different things to people about the reality of the times of the former Soviet satelite state.

I'd recommend also seeing the 2006 German film "The Lives of Others," which won the US Academy award for best foreign picture. You will recognize the building exterior of the Stasi headquarters, which is the museum, as well as one of the delivery trucks that is in the main lobby - the type used to pick up and deliver those who were arrested. Rather frightening.

Address: Ruschestrasse 103
Phone: 553 6854
Website: http://www.stasimuseum.de

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 29, 2007
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