Tränenpalast - Palace of Tears
The terminal building for departing from East to West Berlin was built at Friedrichstraße railway station in 1962. Because citizens of East Germany were not allowed to travel freely, emotional and painful scenes often took place in front of the building between relatives and friends; they knew, once they said goodbye, they would not see each other for a long time. This earned the building the melancholy nickname Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears). In 2011, this authentic historical location finally became a museum and has since housed the permanent exhibition “BorderExperiences – Everyday Life in Divided Germany.” Entrance is free of charge.
German Resistance Memorial Center
This exhibition shows the various forms of German resistance towards National Socialism in 26 topic areas. It touches not only on the coups attempted by the military which took place between 1938 to 1944, but also on young people's opposition movements like the Edelweiss Pirates. To dare resistance during the Third Reich meant belonging to an ever shrinking section of the population and accepting the fairly good chance you would die for your convictions. The organisers of the exhibition luckily wear no ideological blinders; they display side by side military, Christian and communist resistance as well as resistance for moral reasons within a small area. Entrance is free of charge.