Cities & Culture

Topography of Terror Berlin

The Topography of Terror exhibition in Berlin is located on the former site of the Gestapo headquarters and built-in prison, the SS leadership and the headquarters of the state security forces.

The Topography of Terror is different to the other places of remembrance relating to the rule of Fascism in Berlin because it is the site of the perpetrators. The exhibition at the heart of the capital city informs visitors about the headquarters of the SS and police state, which makes the European aspect of the Nazi reign of terror all the more real.

The site that has been home to the Topography of Terror since 1987 was once used to plan and govern the majority of crimes committed by the Nazis. Between 1933 and 1945, the main institutions of the Nazi instigators of terror, the SS and Gestapo, could be found here. Having been partially destroyed during the war and then changed beyond all recognition later on, this historical site was gradually added back into Germany's memory of its past from the 1980s onwards. The plot right next to the Berlin Wall was eventually turned into an important site documenting the crimes committed by the Nazis. Opening times: Every day: 10 am–8 pm

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