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Topography of Terror, Berlin: 28 reviews and 65 photos

  Depressing location at Hitler's headquarters.
by Kakapo2

Located right beside the splendid beauty of Martin-Gropius-Bau the documentation centre “Topographie des Terrors” sets a dramatic and shocking contrast.

The setting is on a space that hosted the centre of terror of Germany’s Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945. The Führer headquarters (SS), the security service (SD), and the Gestapo with its own prison were located here.

Only the cellars in which prisoners had been tortured were kept as a monument, all the other buildings were razed, so they could not become shrines of old and new Nazis who have not learnt from history.

The exhibition is placed along an excavation ditch right under the Wall and documents the terror that happened right behind your back some decades ago. A sombre place.
They are constructing a building on site which will once become home of this exhibition. I was mostly impressed with this open air exhibition. However, I was there in sunshine, and in winter a visit can be another story, although the panels are sheltered by aves. But I also think you get a better feeling for all the horror of the past by being out there.

Open 10am – 6pm (Oct – April) and 10am – 8pm (May – Sept)
Entry free
Guided tours upon demand, call (030) 25 48 67 03

Address: Niederkirchnerstraße 8, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Directions: At walking distance from Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie
U-Bahn U2, stations Potsdamer Platz and Mohrenstraße
S-Bahn S 1, 2 and 25, stations Potsdamer Platz and Anhalter Bahnhof

Phone: (030) 25 48 67 03
Website: http://www.topographie.de

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 3, 2008
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