Visit: Topography of Terror

Wow, many firsts the last few months and here’s another one: my first post on a cultural organization, in this case: the Berlin Topography of Terror museum.

  • Niederkirchnerstraße 8, 10963 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
  • S-Bahn: Anhalter Bahnhof (S1, S2, S25), Potsdamer Platz
  • U-Bahn: Potsdamer Platz (U2)
  • Bus: Abgeordnetenhaus (M41), Anhalter Bahnhof (M29, M41)

Documentation center

I don’t need to tell you that the Second World War left a deep impression on Berliners. There are museums and monuments all over Berlin that reconstruct The Third Reich and remember its victims.

Topography of Terror calls itself rather a documentation center then a museum and is located between Mitte and Kreuzberg, not far from Potsdamer Platz. The out- and indoor museum is designed by Ursula Wilms (Heinle, Wischer und Partner, Berlin) and the landscape architect Heinz W. Hallman. It is built on the site of buildings that used to be the headquarters of the Gestapo and SS during the Nazi regime.

Permanent exhibitions

Topography of TerrorThere are three permanent exhibitions open to the public:

  • Topography of Terror Site Tour: mainly exposed building remnants such as the Berlin Wall and Gestapo/SS headquarter rooms
  • Berlin 1933-1945. Between Propaganda and Terror: and exhibition on the capital during the Third Reich period
  • Topography of Terror. Gestapo, SS, and Reich Security Main Office on Wilhelm- and Prinz-Albrecht-Straße: focus on the SS and the police during the Third Reich

Worth a visit

There are a few reasons why I this place is definitely worth a visit.

While the indoor museum tells you more on how the Gestapo and SS worked during The Third Reich, the outdoor museum actually shows you where they operated. I think it raises the experience showing visitors the reality of the horrible Nazi regime outside the safe walls of an indoor museum.

The indoor museum hardly ever bores you because of the combination of big photos and explanations. They are displayed in some sort ‘ribbon of panels’, running across the building.

And thirdly: a visit will cost you zero, zip, zilch, nada. Be sure to hop in when you’re around.

PS: there are lockers to your disposal so no need to drag your bags or coats around with you