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!
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Exploring on one’s own

Tracing History: "Papers, please!"

What role did the Palace of Tears 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)


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

Besucherin mit Kopfhörern und Smartphone an der Grenzkabine im Tränenpalast


"Palace of Tears. Site of German Division"

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 Palace of Tears 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 


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

Eine Besucherin fotografiert ein Mädchen vor der Grenzkabine


"Palace of Tears. Site of German Division"

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 "Palace of Tears. 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 Palace of Tears during the division of Germany. This app will inspire you to come and visit our exhibition. You can download the app for free for use at the Palace of Tears or at home. The App is available in English and German.

download App for iOS
download App for Android


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

Ein Gruppe jugendlicher Mädchen steht im Tränenpalast im Halbkreis neben einem Mann, im Vordergrund die Oberfläche eines Wagens mit einem Kopfhörer, im Hintergrund die große Fensterwand des Gebäudes


Fremdsprachige Begleitungen

Gerne können Sie eine Begleitung durch die Dauerausstellung auch in einer Fremdsprache buchen. Wir bieten Begleitungen in englischer, französischer, spanischer, italienischer, niederländischer, polnischer und schwedischer Sprache an. Ihre Sprache ist nicht dabei? Sprechen Sie unseren Besucherdienst an, damit wir gemeinsam eine geeignete Alternative finden. 

Fremdsprachige Begleitungen sind für Gruppen ab 10 Personen über unseren Besucherdienst buchbar. 


Zielgruppe: Alle Zielgruppen

Dauer: 1 h

Thema: Historischer Ort, Flucht, Ausreise in den Westen, Grenzkontrolle



Besucherdienst: Tel. (0 30) 4 67 77 79-11, E-Mail: besucherdienst-berlin(at)hdg.de