Memorial complex dedicated to the victims of the Nazi regime. It is located on the territory where the headquarters of the SS and SD was located. The complex is a whole group of expositions, memorials, open-air exhibitions, preserved administrative buildings of the Third Reich, cellars and barracks. The Topography of Terror began operating in 1987. The total exhibition area is more than 800 m².
Niederkirchnerstraße 8, Berlin
+49 30 25450950
Very moving exhibit that I would rate as must-see for any Berlin visitor! The phone-based free audio guide tour was excellent, make sure to bring your earphones.
Great first stop in Berlin if you want to learn about the regime. Lays down some important historical context about WW2 that will help for other museums that you may go to.
This place is very educational. I learned a lot. You just need some time, reading all, if not some of the text on the wall/board. It also seemed so quiet on this place. The museum is free of charge.
It's a great experience knowing the history and they have kept all the history charts in English and in German, there are toilets inside the building along with a cafe. You can see Berlin wall as well here and it is a few mins away from the Char.. Read more »lie check point .
A very meaningful museum where you can spend some time there to read the exhibit in details. Quite spacious with decent internal design and air conditioning. It's free for the visit.
A pure piece of history and an absolute must see when visiting Berlin. I would have stated alot longer but it started pouring rain. The art work is fantastic but looking at the wall from the side you can't help but think what it must have been .. Read more »like before it was tore down. I highly recommend a visit. Check weather forecast first
Beautiful and diverse paintings on a piece of history, really fun to see, very picturesque, and for free! My only issue was how touristy it was there but I suppose that's to be expected from such a notable place. What I appreciate, though, was h.. Read more »ow respectful other people were when taking pictures - they'd politely wait until you took your pictures and only then they would walk by. Very nice! Another detail I liked about the wall was that there were names of the paintings and artists written in front of the paintings.
This is an extremely comprehensive and FREE museum on the site of the former German SS and Gestapo police forces during WW2.
The indoor portion is very detailed and provides many photos and artifacts of the rise of the brutal police state via massiv.. Read more »e control of propaganda and terror. This will take you at least 1 hour to properly digest with the audio guide on your phone.
The outdoor portion complements this with more of a summary timeline presented against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall and trench.
I recommend at least 90 minutes to get a good sense of the museum but probably more like 2-3 hours.
If you're planning to visit Jewish Museum then I highly recommend you to visit this one as well. Checkpoint Charlie is nearby as well.
It was very informative and there is a free guided tour every Sunday at 3.30pm. Definitely worth it. They als.. Read more »o offer audio guide if you're not there on Sunday.
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A historical place to visit if you are in Berlin. Getting a Public transport to the place isn’t difficult at all. Enter the museum to read and see concrete evidences. You can also listen to audios/videos.
Free to enter and has a small cafe and clean toilets inside.
There are 2 thing here - the topography of terror which is a brilliant display of historical facts, pictures and old ruins of SS buildings, as well as a huge chunk of the Berlin Wall.
Museum of World War II, which has free admission. Very informative and a great outside exhibit as well. Also, there’s a large stretch of the original wall on the location. It could be done in an hour if you don’t read everything otherwise.. Read more » you could spend a good part of the day there if you’re a reader of all the things in the museum.
Such an experience, so well done. Worth visiting if only to see the outside displays and a large section of the Berlin Wall but the exhibition inside is well worth visiting if you have time.
Lots of info, lots of pictures. The current exhibition on Speer is fascinating. Takes a while to read all of the panels. Entrance is free, definitely worth a visit.
It's so important that this museum exists and that it's free. This cannot be forgotten. I was pleased to see groups of students there with their teachers. It's well organized, the audio guide was very good and there's a lot of mat.. Read more »erial to be seen. I just found it a bit confusing that the section numbers on the audio guide were different from the stands. BRING HEADSETS if you're interested in the Audioguide, they're not provided!
Very interesting place to understand what happened during Hitler 's time
Very sad to see and to know what was here before
One recommendation, please bring your headset to listen what the story is behind the pictures. Luckily I had with me and .. Read more »could use with my husband
Some people use their mobile phone speakers and is very annoying! Especially olders
Or maybe an idea for the staff to sell disposable headset
And this place is free entrance, no need to buy ticket!
Come early so not problem with a lot of group of tourists
FANTASTIC! This is a free museum where you will learn in an excellent detail the history of Germany and Europe during Hitler dominance. Real photos, with a fantastic gallery. This was just fantastic! I bought a book due to feeling like that I needed .. Read more »to know more.
The visit was jaw dropping and emotional. I was in tears at the end of it and I still can't understand how humans can be so cruel. This museum is truly important, it teaches us that such events didn't happen 3000 years ago but just yesterda.. Read more »y, it teaches us that we must do what we can in order not to repeat such brutalities.
Very interesting and had a lot of information on the war and all the terrible things that happened in Germany at the time. The panels were nice and well put together with text in German and English which was nice. The center was also very nice to vis.. Read more »it and had audio guides available as well.
Great if you want to learn about WW2. Personally not a fan of the style of the exhibit as I feel I could get about the same results from online sources. As most of the exhibit is pictures with small excerpts beside them.
I however didn't take a.. Read more »n audio tour, if I had it might have been a bit better.
I appreciate the mission of this place, positioned on a site of historic significance in front of a substantial segment of the old wall. They're doing important work on the preservation of history and education. On the other hand, the exhibits w.. Read more »ere all photos and small text, with the option for an audio tour. I feel that a book or documentary might be more effective at communicating the material.
Extensive information and displays of different aspects of the war, from both a political and social standpoint.
We started at the “end” of the displays by accident, there was definitely a correct way to read them.
The building next to .. Read more »the area with the plaques looked like it had more info and exhibits, but we found the outdoor area to be enough.
Tip: the grey boxes in the display areas outside often have cards/trays you can pull out, which often have even more info.
Displays are in both German and English.
It's good for a free museum but not a favorite - feels like they just printed pages/pictures from a textbook. But very informative
Very informative display. It's cool to be able to read some of the life of the people involved in what the Berlin Wall became. It reads chronology, from left to right.
So much information, presented in a palatable way, they don't mince words, it's a very open accurate depiction of the rise of the Nazis. Would recommend at least 3 hours there, you could easily spend a day if you're that way inclined
I read and learned a lot about the rise of Nazism and World War II in school when I was a teenager.
It was revolting, and somewhat hard at the time to understand how a whole nation agreed to follow such atrocious ideology.
The museum taught a differ.. Read more »ent perspective on the history that might have been told somewhat differently from the text books, and that helped me understand the foundations that made the rise of Nazism possible.
The exhibition was so well put together that I purchased the book of the museum to explore more.
Very well done. Entrance is free, as it should. More is needed though, due to the nature of the events that took place. It is quiet inside.
Topography of terror, a museum and a memorial, that provides a written information with photographs or you can take an audio guide, that tells about the horror times in our history. Around that place you can see the crushed stones. It was mentioned i.. Read more »n the audio guide, that this kind of place should never be covered by grass with time. People should not forget it and must never let it happen again.
Typography of Terror was an enlightening display of the history of WW2. It was very well presented in English and German with a very thorough audioguide in many other languages.
I couldn’t help but think how challenging it must have been for G.. Read more »erman historians to honestly retell the horrors their country and leadership inflicted on their own people and their neighbours.
Very well documented. The presentation is also great.
Really makes you appreciate the value of having a working democracy.
Never take it for granted!
Definitely a must visit in Berlin. Amazing place to take a look at one of the most impactful events of history. Very well made, the staff are amazingly helpful and it's free. One big raw part of the berlin wall is here.
Really good for a free educational museum. I'm usually not a fan of focusing on the events around WW2, or war in general, but it is very important that everyone understands which roads lead to atrocities. So it was well presented and to have t.. Read more »he remains of the Berlin wall just outside the museum adds gravity and context.
Very well preserved and informative site, my 4 stars are because of the lack of seating, if you read about half of what is written you might be standing for more than an hour and a half, and it gets quite tiring. Otherwise great historical landmark.
Extremely impressive. The exposition leads you in a fast but comprehensive pace through WW II, focusing on both it's main events as well as interesting details.
While it's definitely a must go to place, they didn't address some important events that led to WW2. Kristallnacht was barely mentioned which is one of the most important events.
Huge and important parts are left out. Documentaries deliver.. Read more » more and better information.
Very interesting place to check out if you have the time. There are a lot of stories about the history of Berlin and Germany. Very inspiring!
Really informative and well worth a visit. There is a lot of reading, but it's very interesting. Not a place for kids as they get bored. The segment of the wall here is worth the trip alone.
Soooo much information here, you could spend hours here. They have audio guides that you can use for free or you can pull up the guides on your phone and use headphones or just put your speaker up to your ear. They also have free guided tours you.. Read more »9;ll just have to check when each one starts.
It is a rich collection of history. The pictorial representation and audio made me feel like I was walking through time. It was truly a fascinating and insightful tour.
A must visit when you're in Berlin, it's extremely interesting, well done and very important. On top of that, it's free.
Great museum to learn the rise and fall of the nazis. Very sad to learn all the horror they caused. The museum has a great chronological exhibition which takes at least 2 hours to fully watch.
Daniel Høj Hjorthmose
They should text it in danish as well, besides that, a must see, very interesting
An incredible place. I found d the experience of visiting to be one that was utterly poignant and deeply powerful. It really is a must if you are visiting.
Stefan Tore Karnstuen
We have learned nothing. This place is a good place to start if you need a reminder.
One of the most insightful places I have been in the world. A must visit to understand the pain a reign unleashed on Germany and the wonderful city of Berlin
Excellent way to learn the history that led to the atrocities of the Gestapo and the SS. Free entrance, with a free audio-guide in many languages, and even more information you can read on the panels. Great photography selection too.
Very interesting and truly gave another insight than you normally get. The museum is free and you can scan a QR code with 13 different languages. Also Danish, which we enjoyed
Excellent history of the Gestapo and SS. Many pictures and lots to read. I found the comments in orange made by historians to be the most interesting. Audio guides (free) will give you a basic overview, however there is so much more that you can read.. Read more » on the panels.
Really good done. Pictures illustrate very good those times.
The wall or a part of it is still there.
Free to visit and near check point charlie, like 5 min walk.
In the building are toillets.
A must see. Makes you wonder how many more pictures are not exhibited. The enormous impact on so many ordinary people's life of the wwII is still incredible. Great that this place has an indoor and outdoor exhibition. Lots of space to walk aroun.. Read more »d and sink back into the terror times of the third Reich. The German authorities don't spare the themselves. It all appears authentic and non sentimental, but pure reality. Not really suitable for young children in my opinion. Take at least an hour to visit. Still open in the evenings, which is also an advantage.
incredible exhibition with lots on information with a great-clear layout that allows you to follow up the whole exhibit definitely a must if youre in Berlin
A very interesting place, even more impressed by the fact it was free entry and there’s an audio guide option available for your phone. I’d definitely recommend this place.
Ayşe Mine İnan
A place everyone have to go and visit
Maria Teresa Battista
Amazing and free! Ask for the audioguide
A great museum. Loads of information & documented proof about the atrocities during the Hitler regime, incl the organisations that were involved. Examples of ways the people in power incited fear, the role of the media, etc.
Great museum. You can follow the exhibition from your phone, as an Audioguides. Bring earplugs (you can also use the once at the facility). Very detailed and well documented collection. Amazing history museum.
Anna Lena Lenzkes
Very interesting, love that it's free and there's a free Audioguide too
Friendly and helpful staff, nice and spacious Museum with a great collection of photographs and stories.
Germany does a wonderful job of acknowledging its past.
It can be intense to get through at times in terms of reading the evidence, but also the volume of material.
That shouldn’t put you off, it’s completely manageable and in winter pr.. Read more »ovides welcome relief from the cold after a walking tour of the city.
The cafe & facilities are also great