The DDR - Revisited

The Tränenpalast

The 'Palace of Tears' - an old border crossing point, now housing a permanent exhibition on daily life in divided Germany.

The main entrance labelled "Exit" in Russian, German & French.

The main hall where documentation would be checked.

A model of how the crossing point was integrated into the Friedrichstraße railway station.

This closed passageway would take the traveller to the platform where trains departed to the West.

Access was very strictly controlled.