Tränenpalast - The Palace of Tears - Berlin
This great exhibition is free to enter and is the perfect way to learn about the effect that the Berlin Wall and travel restrictions had on the every day lives of East Berliners
The building with one of the most emotive names in Berlin, "The Tränenpalast", or, "The Palace of Tears", was built after the Berlin Wall was erected and was the main border crossing for West Berliners and West Germans entering and leaving East Berlin. The building received its name for the heart wrenching farewells as families said goodbye to their loved ones as they returned to West Berlin, unsure when they would see them again.
The original building, next to the Friedrichstraße S- and U-Bahn station in Berlin Mitte is now home to a fascinating exhibition on the former border and customs control as well as the effect that the travel restrictions had on the every day life of both East and West Berliners.
Comprising a mixture of original artefacts as well as archival film and photographic material, the exhibition is as interesting and at times emotional, as it is informative. If you find yourselves with a couple of spare hours in Berlin we heartily recommend checking out this great exhibition.