The Topography of Terror is a museum in Berlin that documents the history of the Nazi regime and its crimes. It is located on the site of the former headquarters of the Gestapo, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office, which were responsible for the persecution and murder of millions of people. The museum consists of an indoor exhibition hall and an outdoor site tour that covers 15 stations along the remains of the Berlin Wall.
The Topography of Terror is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission is free.
You can get Topography of Terror by public transport using the U-Bahn (U6 Kochstraße), S-Bahn (S1, S2, S25 Anhalter Bahnhof) or bus (M29, M41). You can also join guided tours or workshops that are offered in different languages and for different age groups. You can find more information on the museum’s website.
Some tips for visiting the Topography of Terror are:
- Plan enough time to explore both the indoor and outdoor exhibitions, as they cover a lot of information and historical material.
- Bring a jacket or umbrella, as the outdoor site tour is exposed to the weather and can be cold or rainy.
- Respect the rules and prohibitions of the museum, such as no smoking, no dogs, no bicycles and no loud noises.
- Be prepared for an emotional and disturbing experience, as the museum shows the brutal reality of the Nazi terror and its victims.
Some of the highlights of what to see at the Topography of Terror are:
- The permanent exhibition «Topography of Terror. Gestapo, SS and Reich Security Main Office on Wilhelm- und Prinz-Albrecht-Straße», which tells you about these institutions and the crimes that were organised there.
- The exhibition trench «Berlin 1933–1945. Between propaganda and terror», which shows how the Nazi dictatorship affected everyday life in Berlin.
- The house prison of the secret state police, where many political prisoners were tortured and executed.
- The longest surviving segment of the Berlin Wall, which was part of the border between East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989.