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Hohenschönhausen Memorial Berlin

Hohenschönhausen Memorial Berlin

On the grounds of the former central detention facility of the Ministry of State Security has been a memorial site since 1994. The Hohenschönhausen Memorial Berlin.

It has the statutory task of researching the history of the Hohenschönhausen prison from 1945 to 1989, providing information through exhibitions, events and publications, and encouraging discussion of the forms and consequences of political persecution and oppression in the communist dictatorship.
The example of this prison will also be used to provide information about the system of political justice. Since large parts of the buildings and furnishings have remained almost intact, the memorial provides a very authentic picture of the prison regime in the GDR.

Hohenschönhausen Memorial

Location & Sights nearby

The memorial is located in the Hohenschönhausen district of the same name in eastern Berlin. Within 20 minutes you reach the lively Alexanderplatz with its 368 meter high television tower or the visit makes you even more curious for a visit to the Stasi Museum, which can be reached within 30 minutes by bus. 


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Brief history of the Hohenschönhausen Memorial

In June 1945, after the end of the Second World War, the Soviet secret police took over the Hohenschönhausen von Lichtenberg area and transformed it into a prisoner and transit camp known as Special Camp No. 3. In October 1946 the camp was closed and the prisoners moved to other camps. The prison was reopened in 1951 by the Ministry of State Security (MfS), also known as the Stasi. At the end of the 1950s, the Stasi built a new prison building (with prisoner labour). The new building contained 200 prison cells and interrogation rooms.  The prison was used until 1989 until Die Wende and officially closed on 3 October 1990.

Address, opening hours...


Address: Gedenkstätte Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, Genslerstraße 66, D-13055 Berlin
Opening times: No registration necessary, tour lasts 90 minutes
March to October
English tours: daily at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Russian tours: Sunday at 2 p.m.
November to February
English tours: Monday to Friday 2:30 p.m., Saturday/Sunday 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Russian tours: Sunday at 2 p.m.
Admission: Regular admission 6,00 Euro Reduced admission 3,00 Euro (university students, handicapped persons) School students 1,00 Euro
Public transport: Tram M5 from S/U-Bhf Alexanderplatz or S-Bhf Landsberger Allee (Direction Hohenschönhausen/Zingster Straße) to Freienwalder Straße, Tram M6 from S/U-Bhf Alexanderplatz or S-Bhf Landsberger Allee (Direction Hellersdorf/Riesaer Straße) to Genslerstraße, Tram 16 from S/U-Bhf Frankfurter Allee (Direction Ahrensfelde) to Genslerstraße,
Bus 256 from S/U-Bhf Lichtenberg (Direction Wartenberg) to Große-Leege-Straße / Freienwalder Straße

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Tour zur Gedenkstätte Hohenschönhausen inkl. Eintritt & Führung

Die Tour beginnt ab Potsdamer Platz. Sie fahren mit einem Minibus über die ehemalige Stalinallee, heute Karl-Marx-Allee, dem ehemaligen Prachtboulevard der DDR, welcher zum längsten Baudenkmal Europas zählt. Während einer geschichtlichen Einführung werden Sie einen kurzen Stopp auf dem ehemaligen Gelände der Zentrale des Ministeriums für Staatssicherheit machen. Danach geht es weiter zu Berlins Asiotown – das Dong Xuan Center – eine riesige Markthalle.
Unser letzter Halt ist die Gedenkstätte Berlin Hohenschönhausen. Bei einer 2-stündigen Führung erfahren Sie mehr über die politische Verfolgung in der ehemaligen DDR. Sehen Sie Verhörräume, Zellen, welche sich im Originalzustand befinden.

ab € 49   zum Angebot 


The Berlin Wall, a historical theme of the city. Today it is hard to imagine that a city was once divided by a wall.

Wall Tour Group: from Checkpoint Charlie to Berlin Wall Memorial

Visit the most famous border crossing Checkpoint Charlie on this tour. Learn more about border fortifications, tunnels and why it the III. World War almost broke out here. After a journey by public transport, visit the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse. The Berlin Wall Memorial is the central memorial to the division of Germany and commemorates the victims of the Berlin Wall.

from € 110 for a group up to 12 persons   to offer 


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