One of Berlin's most heartbreaking attractions, the Palace of Tears or Tranenpalast as it is known throughout Germany is located in central Berlin close to Museum Island
and the Unter den Linden
. The building got its name from the heartache it housed during the Cold War, the millions of people that passed through annually between the East and Westside shed tears of pain and fear at parting, never knowing if they would cross paths again. The tourist attraction has since opened a permanent exhibition called Border Experience, Everyday Life In Divided Germany, where you learn how the division of the city destroyed so many people's lives through original material like films, interviews, photographs and witness documents.
This tragic attraction showcases hundreds of objects and information from the distressing era such as uniforms, passports, video recordings, letters and touching stories. Beyond that, it reveals how the hall was an extremely popular protest site at the time where Germans demonstrated and protested for their right to leave the country legally to go west. At the site, you see for yourself the banners that exclaim WE WANT FREEDOM and IVE HAD ENOUGH, you will be sincerely touched and heartbroken at the stories you hear. This is a really great attraction and sincerely captures the emotion of the troubled times. It is quite surreal to see the original protest signs and banners and it's quite tough to imagine the cruelty these people suffered through. It is also a great history lesson and contributes to piecing together the history of Berlin along with the other Cold War attractions like the Berlin Wall
, the Topography of Terror
, Check point Charlie
and the Judisches Museum
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, The Westin Grand Berlin
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