The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen) hosts guided tours through the former political prison operated by the East German Communist Ministry of State Security, better known as the Stasi. The prison was in operation until 1990 and was used by the GDR to oppress and torture political activists. It was opened to the public in 1994, after the reunification of Germany. Guided tours of the former prison are led by historians and former political prisoners themselves, so a visit will definitely leave an impression.
By Maurizio Massaro
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Berlin: Stasi-Prison from Potsdamer Platz
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The memorial itself can only be visited on a guided tour, while the exhibitions can be visited daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Guided tours in English are available from Monday to Friday at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm, and at 10.30 am, 12.30 pm, and 2.30 pm at weekends. Tours in German are available at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm from Monday to Friday and hourly from 10 am to 4 pm at weekends. There is also one tour a week in Russian, at 2 pm on Sundays.
The memorial will be closed on January 1, and December 24, 25, 26, and 31.
Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial Genslerstraße 66 D-13055 Berlin
Entry to the permanent and temporary exhibitions is free. It costs €6 to take part in a guided tour, or €3 for students, apprentices, disabled visitors, holders of the Berlin Pass, unemployed visitors, federal volunteers (Bundesfreiwilligendienstleistende), and members of associations for the victims of political persecution in the GDR. Schoolchildren can enter for a reduced price of €1. If you’re in a group of 7 people or more then you’re advised to book your place on a public tour in advance.
How to get there
The tram stop Genslerstraße is about 550 yards (500m) away and is served by lines 16 and M6. If you’re driving then you can park for a fee in the streets surrounding the memorial.
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