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.
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
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. Site of German Division".
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.
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