We offer guided visits of the permanent exhibition “Palace of Tears. Everyday Life in Divided Germany” in foreign languages, available to book. The languages we offer are Dutch, English, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Not the language you require? Contact our Visitor Services to see whether we can find a suitable alternative.
Foreign-language guided visits can be booked through our Visitor Services for groups of 10 people or more.
The border crossing point at Friedrichstraße station lies in the centre of Berlin. Until 1989, hundreds of travellers crossed the border here every day by train, urban rail or underground. The tour around the Palace of Tears and Friedrichstraße station focuses on this historic site. How was the city divided after 1961? Why was the border crossing point not directly at the border? How did the hub function that connected the East Berlin urban rail, the West Berlin urban rail and underground as well as the transit trains? The one-hour tour also examines how people departed from the GDR via the Palace of Tears.
The guided visit is aimed at groups in accordance with the current pandemic regulations. It can be booked through our Visitor Services.
What role did the Tränenpalast play after the Berlin Wall was built? What impact did the division of Germany have on people’s daily lives in East and West? The self-guided tour ”Papers, please!“ invites young people to explore these questions in the permanent exhibition at this historic site. At six stations, students can investigate original objects, documents and photos and discover history’s relevance for their own lives today.
Ask for the Guide “Tracing history” at the information desk. We suggest that school groups participate in a guided tour beforehand.
Download the Guide “Tracing history” (PDF, 52 MB)
Target audience: Students (14 to 17 years)
Duration: 45 minutes
Topic: German division and unification, everyday life
free of charge
Qu'est-ce que le Tränenpalast a à voir avec la construction du Mur ? Comment la division de l'Allemagne a-t-elle changé la vie quotidienne des gens ? La recherche d'indices permet aux jeunes de découvrir l'exposition permanente et le site historique de façon autonome : six stations vous invitent à explorer des objets originaux, des document-texte et des photographies. Vous pouvez trouver des références à votre propre univers.
Le guide « Parcours découverte » est disponible au bureau d’information. Nous vous recommandons de prendre part à une visite guidée à l'avance.
Groupe cible : enseignement secondaire inférieur et supérieur, 14-17 ans
Durée : 45 min
Sujet : la division et l’unité allemande, la vie quotidienne
Would you like to do a self-guided audio tour through our exhibition? In 17 stories to selected objects, you will find out more about their history, about the Tränenpalast and about everyday life in divided Germany.
The AudioGuide is available for free at the information desk in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian. You can call up our AudioGuide also online at any time. All tracks are available in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Or you can download the entire AudioGuide. All the information is available in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Target audience: All audiences
Duration: 35 minutes
Topic: Division of Germany, German Unity, Division of Berlin, German border, escape
free of charge