Foreign-Language offers

Educational services in foreign languages

Welcome to the Tränenpalast! We offer tours of the "Palace of Tears" in English, French, Italian, Spanish and other languages. Would you rather explore the museum on your own? Then take a tour with our AudioGuide or explore the exhibition with our App. Enjoy your visit!
Guided visit

Foreign-language guided visits

Ein Besucherbegleiter mit seiner Gruppe im Tränenpalast
Guided visit

Foreign-language guided visits

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.

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Exploring on one’s own

Tracing History: "Papers, please!"

Tracing History: "Papers, please!"
Exploring on one’s own

Tracing History: "Papers, please!"

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 activity guide at the information desk. We suggest that school groups participate in a guided tour beforehand.

Download "Papers, please!"  (PDF, 52 MB)

AT A GLANCE

Target audience: Students (14 to 17 years)
Duration: 45 minutes
Topic: German division and unification, everyday life
free of charge

App

"Border Experiences. Everyday Life in Divided Germany"

App 'Border Experiences. Everyday Life in Divided Germany'
App

"Border Experiences. Everyday Life in Divided Germany"

What impact did the division of Germany have on people living in the GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany? Discover the history of the division of Germany with our app on the permanent exhibition "Tränenpalast. Everyday life in Divided Germany". 
Would you have managed to travel from East Germany to West Germany? You can find out by playing the game "Crossing the Border via the Palace of Tears". Try to exit the country via the former departure hall at Friedrichstraße station: You have to pass five sections. Only if things go well, you can take the train to the West. 

In the included AudioGuide curators and contemporary witnesses tell you in 17 tracks about everyday life at the former border crossing point. A short film conveys the atmosphere of the Tränenpalast during the division of Germany. You can download the app for free for use at the Tränenpalast or at home.

download App for iOS
download App for Android

AudioGuide

"Tränenpalast. Everyday Life in Divided Germany"

Besucherin mit Kopfhörern und Smartphone an der Grenzkabine im Tränenpalast
AudioGuide

"Tränenpalast. Everyday Life in Divided Germany"

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. It is available in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian. You can also download the files to your mobile device or PC. 

download AudioGuide 

AT A GLANCE

Target audience: All audiences
Duration: 35 minutes
Topic: Division of Germany, German Unity, Division of Berlin, German border, escape
free of charge